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T'hain Esh Kelch
Aug 24, 2010, 12:30 PM
Have any of you guys seen an updated external harddrive that matches the new Mac Mini? The closest I've found is the NewerTech miniStack (http://www.newertech.com/products/externalhd.php), but the size specifications match the old Mac Mini unfortunately..



speedwaygirl
Aug 24, 2010, 01:27 PM
Have any of you guys seen an updated external harddrive that matches the new Mac Mini? The closest I've found is the NewerTech miniStack (http://www.newertech.com/products/externalhd.php), but the size specifications match the old Mac Mini unfortunately..

I've been watching for one, too. Iomega and Lacie had both produced hard drives to stack with the old Mac Minis also.

mangrove
Aug 24, 2010, 04:19 PM
Just get a great big Lacie 4big and the 2010 Mini should fit right on top of it and with a maximum of 8TB you should never need another one. Oh, just remembered, if you need another 4big you can stack those 4 bigs too.

It measures 6.75 in (17cm) x 7.75 in (19.5 cm) which I know is a bit smaller than the 2010 Mini's out dimensions. However, the round base the Mini sits on is smaller than those outer dimensions, and therefore could work.

Just a thought.:)

T'hain Esh Kelch
Aug 25, 2010, 01:56 AM
Just get a great big Lacie 4big and the 2010 Mini should fit right on top of it and with a maximum of 8TB you should never need another one. Oh, just remembered, if you need another 4big you can stack those 4 bigs too.
The point is really to get one that matches the looks of the Mac mini, since I'm going to place it next to the TV, not getting a lot of space. 2 TB is more than enough for me.

Giuly
Aug 25, 2010, 07:28 AM
The point is really to get one that matches the looks of the Mac mini, since I'm going to place it next to the TV, not getting a lot of space. 2 TB is more than enough for me.
I'm waiting on that, too, but I decided now to go with an PowerMac G4 full of hard drives, as I need to use it on multiple machines, as a time machine server and router.

I guess the problem is that you can match the color or the older iMac, but building a unibody design out of plastic and spraying it silver would really look crappy. The EyeTV Sat already looks crappy, even if it looks just like a Mini on the images:
http://library.elgato.com/typo3temp/pics/5a160c2a44.jpg
High-Res image (http://library.elgato.com/index.php?RDCT=11e984b717d013fdae0a), if you zoom in, you see that the Mini is smooth and the EyeTV has a hammer paint to make it look shiny.

T'hain Esh Kelch
Aug 25, 2010, 07:36 AM
Meh, I wrote NewerTech asking if they are going to update their product to the new dimension specs, but they said no. Also tried Iomega, but they wanted me to fill out a form in order to get a response.. No way.

Seems like I have to use a wire and just hide a fugly harddrive somewhere.. Not optimal though.. :(

mangrove
Aug 25, 2010, 09:19 PM
[QUOTE=T'hain Esh Kelch;10917027 Seems like I have to use a wire and just hide a fugly harddrive somewhere.. Not optimal though.. :([/QUOTE]

Ok you got me-what's a fugly?:confused:

You know if you remove the orange plastic from around the Lacie Rugged for example it has an alu look to it that comes very close to the 2010 mini and would even hide behind it. If you need 2 for a daisy chain they would both fit either behind or on top. As I look at my Apple TV which gets totally neglected these days, I was wondering if one could rip the guts out and daisy chain up to 4x2.5 inside it for a near 2010 Mini look?

Also the OWC alu enclosures also come with dual FW800 ports for easy daisy chaining. They are very nice looking and you can insert any bare 2.5 " 9.5 high drive into it. They are very nicely made and come with all cabling too. The nice short FW800 cables I like very much.:)

T'hain Esh Kelch
Aug 26, 2010, 01:59 AM
Ok you got me-what's a fugly?:confused:
Its the shortened version of f ********** ugly! ;)

mangrove
Aug 26, 2010, 06:42 PM
Its the shortened version of f ********** ugly! ;)

Man, that sounds like a line from the movie "Flame and Citron"!! That's a good one.:D

Giuly
Aug 26, 2010, 09:14 PM
What about the WDC MyBook Studio Edition II (http://wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=621) or MyBook Studio LX (http://wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=826)?
The premium, aluminum enclosure matches your Mac and remains cool to the touch even as the drive delivers blisteringly fast performance.

analogkid
Aug 26, 2010, 09:54 PM
Spray paint a Time Capsule.

T'hain Esh Kelch
Aug 27, 2010, 01:55 AM
What about the WDC MyBook Studio Edition II (http://wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=621) or MyBook Studio LX (http://wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=826)?
I would prefer one that matches it exactly, so I can stack them, and still look pretty!.

mangrove
Aug 27, 2010, 09:15 PM
I would prefer one that matches it exactly, so I can stack them, and still look pretty!.

I bet sooner than later someone like iFixit will start selling the outer alu cases. Then you have the start for a good project. Just in time for winter.

DewGuy1999
Aug 27, 2010, 09:35 PM
I would prefer one that matches it exactly, so I can stack them, and still look pretty!.

Could be wrong, but I don't think the unibody minis are designed for stacking.

T'hain Esh Kelch
Aug 28, 2010, 05:28 AM
Could be wrong, but I don't think the unibody minis are designed for stacking.
As long as it is flat on the top and bottom? :)

Giuly
Aug 28, 2010, 08:24 AM
Sure there is an external hard drive (http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/mac_mini?mco=MTAyNTQzNTk) matching the Mini, btw. Just stack it on top and power it on while holding the "T"-key on the keyboard, and you have one of the most expensive external FW800 hard drives available (cable not even included).

talmy
Aug 28, 2010, 08:59 AM
Sure there is an external hard drive (http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/mac_mini?mco=MTAyNTQzNTk) matching the Mini, btw. Just stack it on top and power it on while holding the "T"-key on the keyboard, and you have one of the most expensive external FW800 hard drives available (cable not even included).

On a somewhat more serious note, the OP could use a Mac mini server in another room or closet with a pile of external non-matching drives. Or a NAS.

DewGuy1999
Aug 28, 2010, 09:13 AM
As long as it is flat on the top and bottom? :)

Yes, it's technically flat on top and bottom, but not like the previous mini. The unibody mini is perfectly flat on the top. The bottom of the mini is a bit more complicated. The aluminum unibody bottom slopes down from the sides to the edges of the black plastic access panel. I believe that the black plastic access panel has a beveled edge and from what I understand from around the edge of the black plastic access panel is where the intake air to cool the mini comes from. So, although it's technically flat it's not really flat (at least on the bottom).

Assuming that a matching external hard drive were to sit under the unibody mini, this bottom design would have to be take into account for the design of said hard drive. Since the actual bottom of the unibody mini that supports the weight of it is the beveled black plastic disc, I would would think that this would preclude a matching external hard drive that sits on top of the mini. In all likelihood a matching external hard drive wouldn't be as clean as a design as the original mini matching external hard drives due to the less stackable design of the unibody mini.

Giuly
Aug 28, 2010, 09:41 AM
Yes, it's technically flat on top and bottom, but not like the previous mini. The unibody mini is perfectly flat on the top. The bottom of the mini is a bit more complicated. The aluminum unibody bottom slopes down from the sides to the edges of the black plastic access panel. I believe that the black plastic access panel has a beveled edge and from what I understand from around the edge of the black plastic access panel is where the intake air to cool the mini comes from. So, although it's technically flat it's not really flat (at least on the bottom).
http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/EHeE3OSxnGBpG5cR.medium
That's why the bottom cover is about 5mm high. Most of the air goes in through the DVD-slot and backside-connectors, the rest through the AirPort cover:
http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/AK1A1wVNKrIgIRBY.medium
It's perfectly stackable, it would look more like a stereo rig rather than one piece like the old stacked Mini, though. IMHO the goal is only to have a consistent look. SSD inside, Caviar Green 3.5" hard drive underneath.

Baby Mac
Aug 29, 2010, 02:17 AM
Just get a great big Lacie 4big and the 2010 Mini should fit right on top of it and with a maximum of 8TB you should never need another one.
That's what my brother said about his new 1GB HDD back in the Windows 3.1 , 5.25" floppy days.

Seems like I have to use a wire and just hide a fugly harddrive somewhere.. Not optimal though.. :(

Not optimal because you want to show off your toys! Understandable.

OP, why not consider the server version. You could put two 2.5" drives in there, as long as you had an external optical drive or stand-alone audio component to play optical media.

T'hain Esh Kelch
Aug 29, 2010, 05:13 AM
OP, why not consider the server version. You could put two 2.5" drives in there, as long as you had an external optical drive or stand-alone audio component to play optical media.
I have. But in the end It'll be much cheaper to just go for the smaller model.

Tramalon
Jan 15, 2012, 06:02 PM
Have any of you guys seen an updated external harddrive that matches the new Mac Mini? The closest I've found is the NewerTech miniStack (http://www.newertech.com/products/externalhd.php), but the size specifications match the old Mac Mini unfortunately..

To revive this long dormant thread:

Newertech just updated this external HDD to match the 2010/2011 Mac mini redesign. It was announced last week at the 2012 CES and due in Mach; no pricing yet announced.

It only took 'em two+ years and it lacks Thunderbolt. But hey, its matches the 2010 unibody enclosure so its kind of a win. To my knowledge this is the only external solution that does......

The new redesign here:
http://www.newertech.com/products/ministack.php

G4er?
Jan 15, 2012, 08:42 PM
To revive this long dormant thread:

Newertech just updated this external HDD to match the 2010/2011 Mac mini redesign. It was announced last week at the 2012 CES and due in Mach; no pricing yet announced.

It only took 'em two+ years and it lacks Thunderbolt. But hey, its matches the 2010 unibody enclosure so its kind of a win. To my knowledge this is the only external solution that does......

The new redesign here:
http://www.newertech.com/products/ministack.php

Darn. I knew they were working on one but I had hoped they would have a matching case that would accept an optical drive. Some of us care about aesthetics and don't want an external optical drive that doesn't match.

paulrbeers
Jan 15, 2012, 08:58 PM
Darn. I knew they were working on one but I had hoped they would have a matching case that would accept an optical drive. Some of us care about aesthetics and don't want an external optical drive that doesn't match.

Previously discussed:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1308357

G4er?
Jan 16, 2012, 02:44 PM
Previously discussed:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1308357

I just saw that. Somehow I missed it. Thanks.

Heateris
Jan 17, 2012, 07:27 AM
Have any of you guys seen an updated external harddrive that matches the new Mac Mini? The closest I've found is the NewerTech miniStack (http://www.newertech.com/products/externalhd.php), but the size specifications match the old Mac Mini unfortunately..

I just picked up one of these (http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?id=10330) you can lay it on its side and it fits right on top of my 2010 mini.

I bought the 1TB 7200 version. I'm using FireWire 800 and it's WICKED quick. It did a 200GB TM backup in under 2 hours!

eutexian
Jan 17, 2012, 07:35 AM
I just picked up one of these (http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?id=10330) you can lay it on its side and it fits right on top of my 2010 mini.

I bought the 1TB 7200 version. I'm using FireWire 800 and it's WICKED quick. It did a 200GB TM backup in under 2 hours!

I have one of those too... and discovered that while its on. the mini will not 'sleep' - even when the lacie itself is 'asleep'.Have you noticed this.. or have you found a cure?

for my part I wouldn't like to lay it on the mini.. as that would defeat its 'heat sink' - i don't know how important that is. its probably not such an issue as its powered down most of the time due to the 'sleep' issue.

but.. aside from that it is an excellent piece of kit.

T'hain Esh Kelch
Jan 17, 2012, 08:00 AM
I think it is really ugly. ;) I went with the Lacie Quadra Design.

Heateris
Jan 17, 2012, 08:48 AM
I have one of those too... and discovered that while its on. the mini will not 'sleep' - even when the lacie itself is 'asleep'.Have you noticed this.. or have you found a cure?

for my part I wouldn't like to lay it on the mini.. as that would defeat its 'heat sink' - i don't know how important that is. its probably not such an issue as its powered down most of the time due to the 'sleep' issue.

but.. aside from that it is an excellent piece of kit.

I normally run a backup then turn the HD off. I don't leave TM on, so I backup manually every few days.

Heateris
Jan 17, 2012, 10:41 PM
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