Should I replace the internal drive in my mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by seattle, May 2, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    I bought a used Mac mini a couple weeks ago and the hard drive failed. I hooked up a external firewire drive and now use that as the boot drive. It works great but I should I replace the failed drive or just leave it alone. Is the internal drive normally much faster than an external firewire drive?
     
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    Satori

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    Cave Man

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    The internal drive will be faster in most respects than any fw drive. However, you can get a lot more capacity on an fw than the internal. Choice is yours.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I guess I like having lots of HD space so maybe I will just leave it as is.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    I just swapped out the 80GB drive that my Mini came with for a 7200rpm 200GB drive I got from OWC. The process is not difficult and took me ~15 minutes for the drive swap and ~1 1/2 hours for Carbon Copy Cloner to do it's thing.

    From my experience, booting and running from an internal drive is much quicker.
     
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    I just ordered a 120GB from OWC since they had it on sale for $39.75. Thanks again for the help.
     
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    Cave Man

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    Is yours a G4 Mini or an Intel Mini? Their internal interfaces are different, I think (G4-PATA; Intel-SATA).
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have a Intel Mini.
     

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