Mac Mini in PC case?

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

  1. 7enderbender macrumors 6502a


    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. philipma1957 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.
  3. dazey, Dec 2, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2012

    dazey 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.
  4. jchase2057 macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2010
    Did you ever finish this project?

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