|Feb 3, 2013, 05:14 AM||#1|
Mac mini help!
I have just purchased my new i7 2.3 mac mini with stock 1TB HD.
I have ordered 16gb corsair vengance ram to install when it arrives.
I have read a lot about installing a second ssd drive but i really dont feel confident enough to do this and dont want to void my warranty straight away, what alternatives do i have if any?
I have 2 monitors coming to set up 1 via hdmi and the other via TB port.
i was thinking either an external usb 3 7200rpm 1TB HD
an external 256 ssd drive (in a case) via TB daisychain with the second hdmi monitor if that is possible. would this be almost as effective as installing an internal ssd?
i will be mainly using the mac mini for music production, secondly for all the usual downloading, surfing, pages/numbers for work and so on.
any help would be great, Thanks
|Feb 3, 2013, 11:05 AM||#3|
"I have read a lot about installing a second ssd drive but i really dont feel confident enough to do this and dont want to void my warranty straight away, what alternatives do i have if any?"
You do have alternatives.
You don't have to install the SDD internally right now if you prefer not to open the Mini. I didn't wish to do this either.
I would suggest either an external enclosure for the SSD (which you can buy and install yourself), or a USB3/SATA "docking station" to hold the SSD.
Here's an example of an external case that looks to be a good one:
Here are two USB3/SATA docking stations (I used the first one):
All of the above will run VERY fast when paired with an SSD drive.
I get writes around 247mbs and reads of 410mps. That's pretty close to Thunderbolt speeds. Essentially champagne performance on a beer budget!
Don't let others on this board tell you that an external USB3 boot solution will be slower than or more problematic than an internal mounting or a Thunderbolt connection.
It just ain't so.
Last edited by Fishrrman; Feb 3, 2013 at 11:10 AM.
|Feb 3, 2013, 12:42 PM||#4|
Thanks for the help im going to go with the external enclosure
sorry about the 2 threads, wanted to get away from the hackintosh topic as i have now "seen the light" and went with the mac mini
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