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Old Jan 28, 2015, 05:21 PM   #526
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A 2TB FD will give you tons of storage not available with SSD only. Also you now have OEM connections for both storage locations so future upgrades will be easier.
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2tB version is soooo slooooooooowwwwwww

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Old Jan 29, 2015, 02:49 AM   #527
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Got my refurbished 2012 mac mini 2.3 quad core in getting ready to hook it up to the 65" panasonic display we got for free , just ordered the dual hdmi card for that off ebay came in yesterday, ready to record for the ultimate in cool studio set up
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Old Jan 30, 2015, 07:07 PM   #528
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Although I haven't picked it up yet, I just paid for a shiny new mid range MacMini w/ 2.6, 8gb and 1tb hd. This is my first and I'm excited. I have 2 iPads and a 4.7 iPhone 6 so I don't think using it will be a problem except it is really for my wife. I just get to set it up for her lol.
Anyway I'll pick it up from the Apple Store tomorrow and look out for my stupid questions. Hopefully I won't have too many.
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What a sweet experience. My iOS background is enough to make this os easy for me to use. Funny thing is that everything I couldn't find easily that I wanted to do, is located by clicking on the Apple in the upper left corner. Everything.

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Old Jan 31, 2015, 02:40 AM   #529
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Well , where do I start ?

The useless migration assistant that was more hassle than it's worth ? the taking 5 hours to get nowhere.

And the 2tb FD being as slow as a snail ! ITS RUBBISH !!! MASSIVE DISAPPOINTMENT !!!

Tested it on the blackmagic drive test and it's hopeless , max 300 but normally c 90 !!!! The 1tb was getting 400-700 !!

The 1 tb on the other mini is much faster - stay away from this 2tb version , it's so slow I'm giving it to my sister and keeping my old one.

Will definitely go all SSD next time I buy a mac , this fusion drive is a great idea in theory , in practise it just doesn't work very well !!



I was copying files over internally and it's like treacle !! Pathetic tbh, NOT a happy bunny here !!!
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Old Jan 31, 2015, 02:49 AM   #530
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I received mine today, 2012 quad i7 2.6, paid for and expected 4GB ram, got 16GB instead in it

I just finished installing my 1TB 850 EVO in it, that machine just scream!
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Old Feb 3, 2015, 01:32 AM   #531
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Well , where do I start ?

And the 2tb FD being as slow as a snail ! ITS RUBBISH !!! MASSIVE DISAPPOINTMENT !!!

Tested it on the blackmagic drive test and it's hopeless , max 300 but normally c 90 !!!! The 1tb was getting 400-700 !!

The 1 tb on the other mini is much faster - stay away from this 2tb version , it's so slow I'm giving it to my sister and keeping my old one.
Are you so certain that the slow performance of your mini is caused by some intrinsic defect of the 2Tb FD? Why would the larger version of the Fusion Drive be so much slower than the 1Tb type? Perhaps you have some outdated software or a balky peripheral that is gumming up the works.

Are the forums loaded with accounts of 2014 FD equipped Macs that are slower than non-PCIe 2012 Macs? Isolated reports of poor performance could be anything from OS X upgrade glitches to background tasks that have gone feral. Please try to resolve that problem before you dump the machine on your sister. Has Apple had a look at the mini yet?
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Old Feb 6, 2015, 01:14 PM   #532
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Well , where do I start ?

The useless migration assistant that was more hassle than it's worth ? the taking 5 hours to get nowhere.

And the 2tb FD being as slow as a snail ! ITS RUBBISH !!! MASSIVE DISAPPOINTMENT !!!

Tested it on the blackmagic drive test and it's hopeless , max 300 but normally c 90 !!!! The 1tb was getting 400-700 !!

The 1 tb on the other mini is much faster - stay away from this 2tb version , it's so slow I'm giving it to my sister and keeping my old one.

Will definitely go all SSD next time I buy a mac , this fusion drive is a great idea in theory , in practise it just doesn't work very well !!



I was copying files over internally and it's like treacle !! Pathetic tbh, NOT a happy bunny here !!!
I used a Fusion Drive for quite some time in my Mac Pro (I set it up), and it was superb. It sounds like your machine might be new and still doing maintenance tasks.
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Old Feb 11, 2015, 06:36 AM   #533
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Refurb 2.6 quad

Just posted this on another thread, didn't notice there was as sticky, so sorry for the double post

I just picked up a refurb 2.6 quad with 8Gb and a 1TB fusion drive. I'm having to give back my work macbook that I have been using.

A little uneasy about dropping 810 on a new computer when I'm skint but I can always sell it on ebay if I run out of money. Right?
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Old Feb 12, 2015, 12:27 PM   #534
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refurb 2.3

I guess they sometimes really mean it when they call them "refurbished" : out of the box, the fan rattles something mean when you first turn it on, luckily the sound slowly goes away after an hour or so of use. I wonder if they're starting to refurbish macs that in the past would have been junked, given the insane demand for these.

Still happy to have snared a 2.3 quad w OS Server. Nice deal given the 2 1TB drives, although I don't need OS server so swapped out the OS drive for a SSD. Was hoping the fan rattle issue would somehow disappear after disassembling the mini to switch the HD but it remains. Speedwise, the two internals seem no slower than a fusion drive or my other mini that has 2 internal SSDs, not sure why someone would choose to "fuse" 2 internal drives ...
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Old Feb 12, 2015, 05:58 PM   #535
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Jo go to the Apple Store or call Applecare, you have the same warranty on refubished as if it was new!
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Old Feb 12, 2015, 06:07 PM   #536
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Jo go to the Apple Store or call Applecare, you have the same warranty on refubished as if it was new!
The problem in mashmosher's case is that he swapped out a HD for a SSD, which meant taking the Mini apart which voids warranty. So if the Apple Store wants to be pricks, they could just blame it on the drive swap. The proper thing to do when he first got the unit and noticed the noise was immediately go to the Apple Store to get it fixed. They might have been able to fix it on the spot, and if not, they would just give him another refurbished unit.
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Old Feb 12, 2015, 06:16 PM   #537
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The problem in mashmosher's case is that he swapped out a HD for a SSD, which meant taking the Mini apart which voids warranty. So if the Apple Store wants to be pricks, they could just blame it on the drive swap. The proper thing to do when he first got the unit and noticed the noise was immediately go to the Apple Store to get it fixed. They might have been able to fix it on the spot, and if not, they would just give him another refurbished unit.

I've had one of my mini's logicboard replaced with my own SSD plus an additional hdd intalled (with OWC's kit) without any problem whatsoever.

Changing the hard drive/ssd DOES NOT void warranty, you'll only have problems if you damage something (think marks on the logicboard for example).

Also, he can always put back the original hdd before bringing it in.
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Old Feb 15, 2015, 02:28 PM   #538
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I just ordered a brand new Mac mini Server.
The 2,3 GHz quad-core i7, with 4GB ram and 2x1TB HDD which discontinued last year. 16GB ram and SSD in the pipeline.
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Old Feb 17, 2015, 10:40 PM   #539
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refurb clunker

Well re: my noisy-fan refurb, turns out this is truly a clunker and it's going in for repair or replacement. Barely 2 weeks of use, the mini suddenly went black and makes the dreaded 3 short beeps - 3 long beeps - 3 short beeps for about five minutes before shutting down (holding down the power button doesn't shut it down anymore). Went to one authorized tech, they're pretty sure the logic board will need replacing (it isn't a HD or RAM issue). First time buying a refurb -- hope the service is swift. Having changed the RAM and one of the HD (it's a server model w 2 HD) doesn't affect the warranty, although the tech said I'd best put the original HD in there if I end up bringing it to the Apple store, to avoid being accused of having broken it when changing the HD.

Hope y'all are getting better refurbs than I got!
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Old Feb 19, 2015, 08:09 PM   #540
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Got my first ever mac last week. Ordered a refurb 2012 mac mini i5 2.5/4GB/500GB thanks to refurb.me notification. Nice little machine but it appears to need more RAM. The activity monitor says I've used up all the RAM with just a few programs open. Placed an order with Crucial to upgrade it to 8GB. I think an SSD upgrade will happen down the road too.
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Old Feb 20, 2015, 10:04 AM   #541
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I just picked up two minis off Craigslist.
- 2010 Server model, fully maxed out build options (Core 2 Duo 2.66Ghz, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB HD x 2)
- 2012 2.6Ghz i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD

All for $1000!

I'd been looking for an i7 2012 model for awhile, but never thought I'd find this good a deal. I'll be selling the 2010 mini to cover some of the cost of the 2012 model and to keep my wife happy. Any idea what I should charge?
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Old Feb 20, 2015, 11:58 PM   #542
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I'm super excited and I know I'm probably late to the party but I just purchased my first mac mini (mid 2010 2.4ghz, 2gb, 320gb HD). It came w/ a brand new apple bluetooth keyboard and mouse. All for $100. I plan to upgrade the ram.
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Old Feb 21, 2015, 09:25 AM   #543
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I'm super excited and I know I'm probably late to the party but I just purchased my first mac mini (mid 2010 2.4ghz, 2gb, 320gb HD). It came w/ a brand new apple bluetooth keyboard and mouse. All for $100. I plan to upgrade the ram.

That is a Wonderful deal Diana! The keyboard and mouse are worth more than $100.
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Old Feb 25, 2015, 02:02 PM   #544
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Got my first ever mac last week. Ordered a refurb 2012 mac mini i5 2.5/4GB/500GB thanks to refurb.me notification. Nice little machine but it appears to need more RAM. The activity monitor says I've used up all the RAM with just a few programs open. Placed an order with Crucial to upgrade it to 8GB. I think an SSD upgrade will happen down the road too.
Just got the RAM installed yesterday. Huge difference. Running much smoother and faster!
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