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greenmeanie
Jan 22, 2005, 07:15 PM
i was wondering if the harddrive is hooked to a ribbon or more like a laptop where it locks on the pins?

sjpetry
Jan 22, 2005, 07:56 PM
i was wondering if the harddrive is hooked to a ribbon or more like a laptop where it locks on the pins?

I am guessing ribbon. Why do you ask.

greenmeanie
Jan 22, 2005, 08:06 PM
i was thinking of buying a 3.5" HD about 200gig and cut a hole in top or leave the top off :)


I am guessing ribbon. Why do you ask.

clayj
Jan 22, 2005, 08:07 PM
i was wondering if the harddrive is hooked to a ribbon or more like a laptop where it locks on the pins?It shouldn't make any difference either way... if it's the lock-on type of connector, it'll detach from the HD, so you can reuse it with any new HD that you happen to install. Ditto with the ribbon-type connector. It's all very standard.

clayj
Jan 22, 2005, 08:08 PM
i was thinking of buying a 3.5" HD about 200gig and cut a hole in top or leave the top off :)Funny, but superbad idea. The power consumption and connectors are totally different between 3.5" HDs and the notebook-style 2.5" HDs. You probably will not be able to do this.

nylon
Jan 22, 2005, 08:33 PM
The hard drive is not connected via a ribbon to the motherboard. It is connected via an intermediate pci board which in turn interfaces with the motherboard.

If you guys download the official Apple Hardware Maintenance Manual in my thread below you will see very clear pictures of the internals of the Mac mini.

sjpetry
Jan 22, 2005, 08:35 PM
Why don't you just get an external harddrive.

Mr. G4
Jan 22, 2005, 08:46 PM
i was wondering if the harddrive is hooked to a ribbon or more like a laptop where it locks on the pins?

It locks in pins.
A picture worths a thousand words right?

greenmeanie
Jan 22, 2005, 09:11 PM
one reason i wanted 7200RPM for load times.
another is i am trying to keep it cheap :)

Why don't you just get an external harddrive.

greenmeanie
Jan 22, 2005, 09:12 PM
i cant tell in the pic but does it just push into the riser card or is it more like a laptop?

It locks in pins.
A picture worths a thousand words right?

dejo
Jan 22, 2005, 09:29 PM
one reason i wanted 7200RPM for load times.
another is i am trying to keep it cheap :)

Get an external FW drive. You won't notice it any slower than an internal drive.

How much money are you trying to save? I think you are just asking for problems (which translate to money usually) by trying to do this.

mrgreen4242
Jan 22, 2005, 10:03 PM
They make 7200 rpm 2.5" drives, and for almost all applications a 5400rpm drive will be as fast as a 7200 rpm model.

Rob