XDM, I got eight times happier by expanding my iPad mini 6 from 64GB to 512GB!
The cause of the matter also has to start from I bought this iPad mini 6 last year, Apple products, whether it is iPhone, Mac or iPad, the difference between high and low price is outrageous think the difference between friends know.
The iPad mini 6 model, 256GB high end version than the 64GB low end version of a full 1200 yuan, the difference to the iPad with a second generation Apple Pencil are more than enough.
Considering that both versions have the same capacity, I chose to get the 64GB iPad mini 6, but after using it for a while I realized that 64GB is really not enough.
The system alone takes up almost 10GB of storage space, and once the original God and King of Glory games are downloaded, 25GB of space is gone again, not to mention WeChat, the big storage eater.
So much so that every once in a while, I have to clean up my WeChat history and back up my photos to the cloud.
After sticking with it like this for most of the year, I was really fed up with living like this withholding the search, so I decided to expand it!
Expansion as the name implies is to take a large capacity hard drive to replace the original hard drive, thereby increasing the capacity of the effect, because it involves disassembly, so once the iPad has been expanded, it is the same as no warranty.
But.... Can't help it's cheap!
Tony asked a big circle in a treasure, found that the iPad or iPhone expansion to 512GB, as long as 500-700; and expansion to 1TB, also 800-1000, not only cheap and also full.
After much price comparison, I quickly selected a local repair store that could provide expansion services, asked for the address online to place the order, and took my iPad mini 6 there that night.
Not to mention, the iPad expansion was quite fast, and the whole process took almost two hours after the queuing time.
The teacher got the iPad first did some routine checks on it to make sure it was functioning properly, and then started brushing it, and while waiting for the brushing to be completed, he also took out a 512GB hard drive and planted the tin.
Since the iPad mini 6 itself does not have the 512GB option, this expansion uses the hard drive adapted to the iPhone 13 Pro, which appears to be from Hynix as we can see from the logo above.
Of course it is not really produced from the Hynix is not clear, there may be just Huaqiang North label ~
After the iPad swipe is complete, the next step is to disassemble the device.
Just see the teacher put the shutdown iPad on a large heating pad, then one hand fixed the iPad, the other hand is used to warp the screen and the bezel between the self-adhesive skillfully cut.
So it didn't take long for the iPad screen and body to complete the separation, there is a said a whole process to see my heart is jumping, afraid that the teacher force too hard, a careless screen to break off ~
After disconnecting the power cable, the teacher did not forget to put a piece of tape at the front camera to prevent dust from entering, and then began to remove the motherboard step by step to fix the screws, connecting cables and shield.
I have to say that Apple is very confident about the energy consumption of the A-series chips, the entire motherboard is not much to do with heat dissipation, not even silicon grease, three large chips from top to bottom are the hard drive, SoC and power management chip:.
After removing the original hard drive from the motherboard with a heat gun, clean up the residual tin on the contacts and the residual sealant around it, and then solder the 512GB hard drive just after the tin plant, even if the expansion is complete.
So to speak, the key to the final success of the expansion lies in the skill of the master operator, in case the hard drive is not soldered properly resulting in desoldering or off-soldering, then there is a high probability that the iPad will not boot.
After doing all this, I saw the teacher re-flashing the iPad and brushing the underlying data from the original hard drive into the new one to make sure it was functioning properly before putting it back together again.
At this time, you can open Settings and see in About this machine that the total capacity of this iPad mini 6 has changed from 64GB to 512GB, turning the slum into a big mansion!
Before the expansion, Tony also deliberately tested the read and write speed of the original hard drive and found that its read and write speed can only be described as average, with a read speed of about 500MB/s and a write speed of 300MB/s.
After replacing the 512GB drive, its read speed came to 1500MB/s and write speed was 1200MB/s, a qualitative improvement in both read and write speeds.
The iPad's Rabbit score went up by 3W after the expansion, which I didn't expect.
If you're asking me if I'm happy with a 512GB iPad, I'm sure you are.
Of course, expanding the capacity of the iPad is not without risk.
In addition to the loss of warranty as Tony said earlier, because the iPad was removed from the screen and moved the motherboard during the expansion process, it will definitely have a higher probability of problems down the road than a completely untouched original.
Some problems may not occur in the period just after the expansion, but a long time may be exposed, depending on whether you can accept the risk, find a skilled master can reduce the risk of more or less.
But compared to Apple's official thousands of additional storage, a third party to expand the capacity of the iPad is still very cost-effective, so think about it, this risk seems. It is not impossible to bear?
In addition, the expansion machine in the second-hand market is honestly not very popular, if you plan to resell your iPad later, it is best not to expand the capacity, if you plan to use it to scrap that when I did not say ~
I hope this article gives you a reference, and thanks for watching!