Best Setup for New Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jamesthegator, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. jamesthegator macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2009
    Hi all, thanks so much for all of the help so far - I love my 2 mac minis and I've benefitted from so much great advice from this forum.

    So I, like some others, just purchased a 2012 i7 quad after a long wait. I've wanted to upgrade my 2009 c2d for about a year now. My c2d has 8 gb of ram, and 128 ssd. Normal tasks (internet browsing, easy stuff) it's very quick. I've always ran a FW800 external enclosure with 3 TB WD black drive for my iTunes library and LR/PS files. I have hundreds of GBs of photos.

    So I need some advice on my new machine. I def will max out the ram (16), and will absolutely install an SSD (will purchase new one because my wife inherited my old mini so the drive stays in it).

    Given the fact that my new mini has the stock 5,400 1 TB HD - any advice on what i should do? Should I try to do a DIY fusion? Or should I just replace the HD and pull out the 5,400 altogether? Or a third option would be to add an SSD, then leave the 1 TB in for time machine backups. . .

    I'm definitely using my external Black because I need the storage - just wanting to hear opinions on how you all would set up the rest.

    Thank you in advance!
  2. Pharmscott macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2011
    Sacramento, CA
    I haven't added a second drive myself but one reason I didn't is because I read many times that it is a difficult install (very tight space, easy to pinch/break the cable). Since you already have a large functioning backup system, I would take the easier route of replacing the HDD with a SDD and just repurpose the stock HHD (external enclosure or whatever).
  3. jamesthegator thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2009
    Best Setup for New Mini

    Thank you! Plus I'd get the added benefit of silencing the mini (although the Black in the external is quite noisy).

    I might end up doing exactly as you've described.

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