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Old Dec 2, 2012, 10:21 AM   #1
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Mac Mini in PC case?

Has anyone ever seen or tried a solution where a Mini's internal parts are mounted into a regular PC case with the ability to easily swap drives?

Or is there a way to add a eSata port?
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 10:55 AM   #2
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http://www.amazon.com/BYTECC-SuperSp...rbolt+to+esata

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http://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Docki.../dp/B003UI62AG
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 10:59 AM   #3
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Has anyone ever seen or tried a solution where a Mini's internal parts are mounted into a regular PC case with the ability to easily swap drives?

Or is there a way to add a eSata port?
yes but with the white 2009 model. quite a few built double esata hack machines.


I had a 2009 running 12tb via esata. others popped the white top and added a second mac mini cover making the 2009 white mini about 6 inches tall with cooling and a cube like appearance.

many people have speculated these mods caused the end to the superior white design.

the new aluminum design is a good design if you do not want to mod.


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Old Dec 2, 2012, 02:57 PM   #4
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I am building one into a MDD case and am reusing the 4 drive carriers and the PSU. I am using two Lacie SATA hubs to go from thunderbolt to 4xsata. The MDD case is currently running the drives but I have yet to fit the mini itself. Eventually I will probably rip the power supply out of the mini and feed that 12V from the MDD powersupply as well.
Strictly speaking of course, I am leaving the mini in its case (with the exception of the PSU). It has two internal drives which will remain internal, I will just fix the mini case inside the MDD case.

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Old Feb 4, 2013, 11:46 AM   #5
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I am building one into a MDD case and am reusing the 4 drive carriers and the PSU. I am using two Lacie SATA hubs to go from thunderbolt to 4xsata. The MDD case is currently running the drives but I have yet to fit the mini itself. Eventually I will probably rip the power supply out of the mini and feed that 12V from the MDD powersupply as well.
Strictly speaking of course, I am leaving the mini in its case (with the exception of the PSU). It has two internal drives which will remain internal, I will just fix the mini case inside the MDD case.
Did you ever finish this project?
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