best internal drive for the new 2009 Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by dreamsandart, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. dreamsandart macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2004
    Now that I have a New Mac Mini, What is the best internal hard disk to upgrade it with. I'm thinking dependability first and one that's quiet. Now that the Seagate 500gb 7200rpm drive is at v.4 it seems the way to go, just want to make sure. The Hitachi TravelStar 7K320 320gb is a cheaper option if its just as good or better for dependability and silent/cool operation. And on reading some reviews of the Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500gb 5400 it seems a very good drive too and maybe just as fast as the higher priced and faster spinning Seagate.
  2. Feng Shui macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2008
    I think a Scorpio Blue is the best option. It is faster than most 7200rpm drives because it only uses 2 platters. The Seagate is the fastest drive, but may cause some heat issues inside the Mini.
  3. arcadeforest macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2008
    I'm using the 320gig Scorpio Black and have no complaints performance wise. No heat issues and its been dead quite.
  4. timmoore46 macrumors member

    May 10, 2008
    For the Scorpio is that 5400 rpm ?


  5. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    Yes, the Scorpio 5400 is 2x250 gb platters. The Seagate 7200 rpm is 3x167 gb platters. Density can trump spindle speed. I would have bought the Scorpio, but I don't buy anything from WD because of extremely bad experience on a warranty. They'll never get another penny from me.
  6. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
  7. timmoore46 macrumors member

    May 10, 2008
    Many thanks !

    GBP 72.00 inc postage from ebuyer and they have plenty of stock.



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