Add external storage

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Appletvgk, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. Appletvgk macrumors member

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    Im looking to add a 3.5" 500Gb esata (taken from the PC the mini replaced). I was about to order a USB 2.0 enclosure, however, not sure how this would perform in real world usage. Does anyone have a setup like this? Is it practical or should I get a FW 400/800 enclosure? Thanks,
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    For most applications, USB 2.0 would probably work fine. If you're streaming movies, for example, you may want something faster, like FW800 or USB 3.0.
     
  3. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Even streaming videos will not max out USB 2.0 (even a blu-Ray rip). The only thing you will notice is that you will max out at about 30MB/s on USB 2.0. That is the same max speed for FW400 (roughly). You could go FW800, but the cost is astronomical to upgrade to FW800 (compared to go old USB 2.0).

    I have a buddy with a 2009 Mac Mini who uses several Rosewill Aluminum USB 2.0 enclosures. I think he paid less than $20 for them at newegg.
     
  4. ObsidianIce macrumors 6502

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    USB 2 does work perfectly fine. Personally I prefer to utilize firewire when streaming. It utilizes less system resources. I can still use the system for other things while still streaming HD without any hiccups at all. If you can get an enclosure for a decent price I would go firewire, but again, i'm not saying USB is bad, just not as good as firewire.
     

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