Mac pro ultra mini


[Matthew] sent in this slick project where he made a Mac pro Ultra Mini. He received a MacBook that had been killed by water. He took it apart, re-soldered some connections and was able to get enough of it working to be a decent multimedia machine for his tv. To make it look nicer, he found an external drive case that looks like a tiny Mac Pro. After a little bit of grinding, cutting, and zip tying he managed to get all the pieces inside the case.  We’re always happy to see hardware salvaged, and  to see it transformed to a fantastic looking useful machine is a bonus. Good job [Matthew].


  1. Hexxeh says:

    And this is what the new Mac Mini /should/ look like.

  2. tiuk says:

    take notes, apple

  3. jason says:

    kool project

  4. kyle007 says:

    WOW I wish someone would give me their “dead” 13″ MacBook that had water poured on it.
    It amazes me how people find their 1100.00 paper weight so worth less they wont even try to salvage it.
    This is probably the most awesome thing I have seen in quite some time… don’t rip me for being so amazed..

    There is a really sweet use for a “Mac Mini”
    You can turn it into a Slingbox – a TV streaming device….

    over all great job!!!!!

  5. mike says:


  6. Sammy says:

    Oh, wow. I love Mac’s.
    But I only dream about them….
    Nice Job very tidy.

    Yer, I wish someone gave me a broken apple, what fun I would have with it… :)

  7. K1ngfunK says:

    I checked the measurements sometime last year, and it wouldn’t be too difficult to make a PC using a pico-ITX board and a 2.5″ HDD or maybe flash SSD inside a standard 3.5″ drive enclosure. There are a lot of sexy models out there, and most of them already have nice power switches and other parts that you could fuse with the board’s PSU to make it look just like a normal external drive! I also checked, and using a slim optical drive, you could put a whole PC inside a standard 5.25″ optical drive case. I would definitely try this myself if I had the time and money to spare.

  8. Thomascpp says:

    >And this is what the new Mac Mini /should/ look like.

    I second that!

    This has TONS better looks than the real Mac Mini.

  9. Gh0sTly says:

    that is friggin awesome. That is exactly how the new mac mini should look. well… put a optical drive in it…

  10. MTS says:

    Any chance we could get a how-to from its creator? I’d love to make something similar.

  11. fallengod says:

    Will the intel dual core atom motherboard fit in this case?….. hello osx86?

  12. Kaos says:

    That’s a cool looking case. Apple should take notes. There stock is so loow they just might listen.

  13. trizk says:

    we all kno psystar is gonna start pumping out the osx86 version of these pcs/macs any day now

  14. butik online says:

    cool features..

  15. maryparfait says:

    Super idea! Creative people rox…


  16. Simon says:

    That is amazing, really creative and good example of recycling damaged equipment.

  17. vla says:


    “creativity, a wonderful killing machine”

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  19. justintv says:

    That’s a cool looking case. Apple should take notes. There stock is so loow they just might listen

  20. aleksi says:

    This is my favorite hack ever! And I love the idea, that if my macbook dies some day, I know a nice project for it.

  21. Jorge says:

    I wonder if he knows that OSX reduces the performance up to 50% for Macbooks without a battery

    I was about to do the same mod (I have a MB with a bad battery, broken keyboard and superdrive) when I read this.

    Guess it’s just better to fix it…

  22. Jonas says:

    How did he solve the no-battery-slowdown of the processor?

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