2.26 mini (2009) HDD and RAM

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by davemulheran, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. davemulheran macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2009
    UK - London/Kent
    Hi all

    been meaning to upgrade from 1GB and the 128 GB HDD for a while but left it too long and am now out of touch with whats available

    sooo.. what is the best RAM and HDD upgrade available now for the 2009 2.26 mini?

    im thinking 4GB (what type?)
    and is 500GB 7200rpm still the best HDD avail? or is there now better?

    OR would I be better fitting an SSD? and going external storage? any guides for this?

    thanks all

  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
  3. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    I would go with Crucial or Macsales.com (OWC) for the memory. 4GB should be plenty. I have 4GB in my 2009 Mini, and it runs everything I need. I upgraded the HD in my Mini to a Western Digital 320GB (7200 RPM), but I didn't noticed a huge speed increase. I also use a 1TB WD drive in a FW800 MiniStack enclosure from OWC. I used the Build Your Own kit, but you can buy them pre-configured.

    Edit: As Hellhammer pointed out, the SSD would be much faster, but is it worth the extra cost? I haven't used a Mini with an SSD, so I can't say for certain, but it wasn't worth it to me.
  4. davemulheran thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2009
    UK - London/Kent
  5. ahankinson macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2010
    A Mini with an SSD flies. It's fast and dead silent. You'll notice the lack of CPU/GPU power if you want to make it a gaming rig or number cruncher, but for day-to-day uses—opening applications, spotlight, mail—I'd never go back to spinning disk.

    I have SSD drives in both my home mini and my Mac Pro at work. You don't notice it as much on the Mac Pro, but you definitely notice it on the Mini.

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