Mac mini help!

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by iballer87, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    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

    or

    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
     
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  3. Fishrrman, Feb 3, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2013

    macrumors 603

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    "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:
    http://oyendigital.com/hard-drives/store/U32-M.html

    Here are two USB3/SATA docking stations (I used the first one):
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00APP6694...=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00APP6694

    http://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Dock...=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B003UI62AG

    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.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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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