2009 Mac Mini HDD upgrade

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by wartnig, May 27, 2009.

  1. wartnig macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2009
    Shropshire, UK
    Hi I have the 2009 Mac Mini base model (120gb HDD)

    I want to upgrade the HDD myself, but im not too sure on the type of HDD to buy... can anyone recommend one too me? Are they SATA or IDE drives? What the max capacity i can go for?

    would this work?

    Im from UK, so need a UK outlet to buy from.

    Thanks in advance
  2. lostime macrumors regular

    May 19, 2009
    that would work, anything 2.5" Sata should work. I am not sure what height drive will fit but that is a 9.5mm drive and will definately fit.

    my 09 Mini is on it's way and i'll be doing the same upgrade, with Ram.
  3. wartnig thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2009
    Shropshire, UK
    Thanks for responding. If it works then i may order it.. the reviews for it are good but they are all from PS3 users lol. Im pretty sure it will work...
    Where are you going to order your RAM from? I will probably do the same.. 4gb i think.
  4. lostime macrumors regular

    May 19, 2009
    I've heard good things about Crucial's memory.



    I ordered 4Gb of OWC's memory for my MBP and didn't have the best of results. The entire computer would freeze while watching video but would be fine if I put the apple memory back in. Others have had really good luck with them though.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/8566DDR3S4GP/
  5. lostime macrumors regular

    May 19, 2009
    that hard drive will work without question, anything 2.5" Sata and 9.5mm will fit. You can go all out and get a 7200rpm drive if you want extra speed but they run hotter.
  6. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    This is the fastest (non SSD) and largest hard drive you can put into laptops and minis right now: Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB SATA 2.5". Its 7200rpm and 500gb too. Sure its £15 more but its also a fair bit faster.
  7. Olivier L. macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2009
    I am also looking to buy and upgrade a Mini. But finally, I found an authorized apple reseller that will do all of this. I sent them my configuration (which CPU, HD and how much RAM) and they sent me back an offer: only the cost of the parts. They will install everything. Could be a nice solution if you want to avoid opening the mini yourself..
  8. lostime macrumors regular

    May 19, 2009

    who was the the reseller? Was it at an apple store? If I could get someone else to do it for the same price that would be nice but how much is their parts markup?
  9. Olivier L. macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2009
    See PM.
  10. lamerica80 macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2008
    My local apple retailer will do the HD and RAM upgrade for 80usd, and then i dont even have to buy the parts from them wich is nice since i can get them much cheaper online. After watching the OWC video im seriously considering doing it myself though. Looks so easy!
  11. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    Also try TigerDirect.com and NewEgg.com

    I just saw Tiger has the new Seagate 500 GB 7200 RPM with 16MB of Cache and I am thinking of getting that one, if not this drive is awesome, I have one in my Mini and my Unibody MacBook


    I always use Seagate, but this Hitachi was so cheap around Xmas I bought it and not only is it quick, but it's also very quite and so far 6 months not one issue. :rolleyes:
  12. bozz2006 macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007
    I've got the hard drive referred to by Spanky running in my macbook. It is unbelievably fast for a 2.5" HDD. highly recommended.
  13. gabs macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2009
    Have you had any problems / crashes with this drive installed?

    I bought the same drive, and a 4gb memory upgrade. - When they are installed, my mini freezez with a garbled screen and speaker noise at random, even when idleing.

    At first I thought it was faulty ram or some other bad hardware. But I've done intensive memory and hardware tests with no errors, and the mini does not crash when the original drive and ram are installed.

    So now I have my finger on that it is an heat issue with the drive...

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