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Old Feb 1, 2013, 09:48 AM   #1
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5400RPM drive in RAID0

I've just ordered an i5 2012 mini which I will upgrade with a 250GB OWC SSD in short order. I'm wondering though whether I'd be better to use a data doubler to keep the OEM 500GB in the mini or spend a little more on a matching 500GB 2.5" HDD and put the two of them in the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual Mini to create a 1TB RAID 0 connected via FW800.

Would the latter option give better performance than the just keeping the OEM drive in the mini? I was thinking about doing a Fusion drive, but I replaced my 2008 iMac's HDD with a 120GB SSD so I've gotten accustomed to keeping a slimmed down system/application drive and keeping all my data on externals.

Upgrading to the mini will also let me use the Lacie Thunderbolt eSATA hub to max the performance on my eSATA ready externals...
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Old Feb 1, 2013, 06:46 PM   #2
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If you want the best performance, you could get two 120GB Samsung 840 Pros or OCZ Vectors, install them with the OWC Data Doubler and RAID0 them for $10 more than the OWC. Keep the hard drive externally along with a 500GB WD Blue in RAID0.

And don't forget to backup the whole thing.
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Old Feb 1, 2013, 10:08 PM   #3
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If it were me, I would not use OWC's SSD. I would go with Samsung low power 840 or 840 Pro. Get the biggest you can, and then get a 1tb HDD and get the kit to install internally. Then setup a fusion drive.

I have a 2011 mini, it has a similar setup and I have been very happy with it for over a year, minus the fusion. The OWC Pro 6G was not stable and does not give you 500 r/w, not even close.
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