Advice on buying the mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by fullauto, Jun 24, 2015.

  1. fullauto macrumors 6502a

    fullauto

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    #1
    Hi all,

    Found a decent deal on a Mac Mini here in Australia, there's one left so I'll grab it first thing tomorrow (hopefully, with your help!).

    For use as a media centre on a Sony Bravia, movies/photos, web, minor spreadsheet work, sims / RCT.

    Model - MGEN2x/A - 2.6ghz i5 / 8gb / 1TB 5400 HDD.

    Have read many disappointing comments about the hard drive - what are my options for upgrading with this model? I've tried searching online but can't find any info for model MGEN2x/A?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    You can upgrade it to a 1TB Fusion Drive or a 256GB SSD, from the Apple Online store.

    There are no user-replaceable parts in the Mac Mini. Doing so will void the warranty.

    And you'll dearly regret one without at least a Fusion Drive upgrade.
     
  3. fullauto thread starter macrumors 6502a

    fullauto

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    Sadly it's $450 extra going through Apple. This is the resellers last one in stock - they don't have the fusion available.

    I don't mind voiding the warranty, is the HDD really not upgradable?
     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Well then in that case, it's upgradeable but not easy. It's not for the faint hearted (that's if you want to replace the spinning drive with a 2.5" SATA SSD).

    The easy way out is to buy the relevant PCIe SSD part from eBay as well as the corresponding PCIe flex cable.
     
  5. Meister Suspended

    Meister

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    Also consider an external ssd. Preferably thunderbolt.
     
  6. grcar Suspended

    grcar

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    You mean MGEN2LL/A late 2014 macmini7,2. This is the mid-range of the models currently in production. If you are buying from Apple you can get ssd storage.
     

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