2nd HD in the Mac mini: 5400 or 7200 rpm ? (1st is SSD)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by macchiato2009, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009

    i've upgraded my stock HD with a SSD in my mac mini

    i'm thinking of removing the SD to put an optical bay and a 2nd bigger HD

    i was hesitating between 500 Gb in 5400 or 7200 rpm

    but considering that the ssd is really boosting the whole machine,

    i guess that i should go for the 5400 rpm

    because the difference in performance between 5400 and 7200 would not be noticeable thanks to the SSD and also, the 7200 rpm will be noisier

    i'm right ?

  2. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    sounds reasonable.

    newegg has 9.5mm 750 gig drives for $110 and 640 gigs for $90, if that matters...
  3. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009
    so you would advise a 5400 rpm ?

    will there a noticeable difference? (noise, performance, etc)
  4. Jedi macrumors regular


    Apr 28, 2008
    I would advice either another SSD or any size 5400.

    7200 HD`s IMO just create way to much heat for a small unit like a Mini.

    Good luck ! :D

    Gary 
  5. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2008
    go for the 5400rpm drive...
    it won't make much of a difference in the performance.
  6. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009
  7. Coldmode macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2010
    OS and apps on the SSD for lightning fast load times, docs and media on the larger 5400. You'd never notice the difference.
  8. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009
    that's what i thought

    moreover, you guys are right about the 7200 rpm, it will generate more heat than the 5400

    thx again

    the samsung seems great
  9. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009
    samsung, hitachi, seagate or WD scorpio blue ?
  10. barkmonster macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2001
    Hitachi do a 9.5mm 1Tb drive in both 5400 and 7200rpm speeds.

    If you were going for maximum performance, and I'm assuming it's a Core 2 Duo-based Mac Mini because you're removing the optical drive, if you wanted an SSD for fast App loading and a 500Gb HDD for general storage, why not use 2 x 256 or 240Gb SSDs in a RAID 0 config?

    The limitations of SATA 3Gb/s on the C2D Mac Mini is such that you gain nothing from any 6Gb/s SSD over a 3Gb/s one rated above 250Gb/s Read/Write anyway and there's SSDs available for around £100 each with specs that will fly in your model.

    You could get 2 x 256Gb/240Gb SSDs by using either a Transcend SSD340 or Crucial CT240M500SSD1 in a RAID 0 and get 500Mb/s+ Read/Write and 480/512Gb of storage.

    I plan on getting 2 x Toshiba HDTS212EZSTA 128GB SSDs for this configuration in my own Mac because I have a 3TB external Firewire 800/USB 3.0 drive for general storage and I can re-purpose my current SSD as an external boot drive to run older software with Snow Leopard.

    Make sure you use TRIM enabler with whatever SSD/SSDs you do end up getting the day you install them because they will slow down over time. I made this mistake and already my system boots fast and loads apps quickly, it's noticably not as quick as it used to be and benchmarks have dropped from over 200Mb/s Read/Write to only 60Gb/s Write and 150Gb/s in a matter of only a few years simply because I thought a Sandforce controller meant I didn't need TRIM.
  11. AppleNewton macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    presuming the second HDD is for data only...perhaps a fusion drive?
    5400 is sufficient. i had a samsung 250 SSD + 1TB HDD 5400 and it was really fast, and no noticeable slow down.

    now i have two raided 1TB 5400RPM hdds instead of the fusion for a media theater set-up.
    don't think 7200 would impact having a streaming media box anyway.

    5400RPM drive is fine :)

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