Mac Mini in PC case?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by 7enderbender, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502


    May 11, 2012
    North East US
    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?
  2. macrumors 68030

    May 3, 2010
  3. macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    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.
  4. dazey, Dec 2, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2005
    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.
  5. macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2010
    Did you ever finish this project?

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