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macrumors G3
Original poster
Oct 28, 2015
While I'm waiting for my original Intel mini to arrive, I'm wondering which SSDs those of you who own/owned a 1,1/2,1 model have used successfully, given that some SATA-III ones are reported to not reliably work on a SATA-I interface.

I had an Intel 320 in my MBP 2,2 (same chipset) so presumably this is a safe choice - ironically my MB 4,1 did not like it.

The 2006 iMac and MB also have the same chipset, so reports from users of these would also be appreciated.

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macrumors Penryn
Aug 31, 2011
I don't currently have a SSD in my Mini, but I do have one in my MBP and one in my 17" PB (an mSATA). Both are Zheino as I've had a good experience with them.

They sell directly off eBay:

The one I link to above is a 500GB drive (which I have in my MBP) but it was $48 when I bought it. They've increased the price unfortunately.

MODS: Not my auction!!!!


macrumors 65816
Jan 1, 2009
I never had Sata I macs...but back in time I had a Macbook Late 2009 on which certain SSDs wouldn't work at full Sata II speeds.
Back in time I bought a Samsung 830 SSD. It worked at full speed and is very realible. It is still my main SSD.
I know that back in time those and the Intel were the way to go.
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Raging Dufus

macrumors 6502a
Aug 2, 2018
Kansas USA
Before I sold it recently, my 2006 Mac Mini was happily running on a Crucial MX500:


I also have a 2006 17" MBP (w/SATA-I) currently running the same thing.

In my 2007 15" MBP (also w/SATA-I) I have a WD Blue 250GB SSD:


On a 2006 HP-Compaq nc6400 laptop (also SATA-I) I have a Crucial BX500 120GB SSD, which is a budget version of the MX500 shown above.

They all work like champs, I've experienced no problems whatsoever.
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macrumors 68020
Mar 27, 2017
London, UK
unlike the K2 SATA controller in the PowerMac G5 or the MCP79 controller found in many 2009 Macs

the Mac Mini 1,1 and 2,1 ICH7M SATA controller does not really have any SSD compatibility issues

so most even modern day SSDs should work fine in it :)

Can you please elaborate about the compatibility issues that the PM G5 has with SSDs? I'd like to know more about this.


macrumors 68030
Nov 17, 2013
London UK
Can you please elaborate about the compatibility issues that the PM G5 has with SSDs? I'd like to know more about this.

most SATA3 SSDs just flat out wont work with a PowerMac G5, either wont show up or it will hang the machine etc

however some samsung ones do work

(I know the 850 Evo does as I personally tested that :) )

most SATA2 SSD's however work fine
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