Biggest HD in a Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by X1Lightning, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. X1Lightning macrumors 6502

    X1Lightning

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    What is the largest hard drive i can stuff in my intel mac mini?
    is there a limit on how much space it can address?
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i believe it is currently 320gb...
    mac mini's only take 2.5" hard drives, the normal comptuers are 3.5", which are up to 1tb.

    could i recommend an extrernal if you were after something bigger in size?? comes in very handy
     
  3. Squonk macrumors 65816

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    Yep, the largest 2.5" drives available are the 320GB. And they are pricey!!!! For the same money you could get an external drive in a firewire case with lots more GB's.

    Do you NEED for the storage to be internal?
     
  4. X1Lightning thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i've started using my mini as a media center, and my external hd's dont really look good under the tv with the mini, TV and Mini are silver, and the hd's are just ugly... maybe i'll get a stacker those look like they match the mini nice
    thanks for putting idea back in my head!
     
  5. X1Lightning thread starter macrumors 6502

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    no i dont need it to be internal, i just need alot of space for videos and music, and i want it to look good under my tv.
     
  6. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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  7. iPhil macrumors 68040

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    Is the Tv on stand? if yes then you can hide the ext. case behind the stand.. :D
     
  8. combatcolin macrumors 68020

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    Any Firewire external drive will be quite nippy.
     
  9. Squonk macrumors 65816

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    I think something like this would still look nice. :)
     
  10. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    add FW and gigabit ethernet to it and it would be quite nice as a NAS :)
     
  11. Squonk macrumors 65816

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    Actually THIS is the page I was looking for... I love when I get to quote myself...:p
     
  12. X1Lightning thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, i really like the way that looks
     
  13. X1Lightning thread starter macrumors 6502

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    it is on a stand but its a wood and tight to the wall, so i cant get anything behind it.
     
  14. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    The MiniStack 2 can be noisy. I have two of them - one as my Mini's boot drive and the other as an AEBSn drive/hub.
     
  15. Squonk macrumors 65816

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    I take it the noise is from the fan in the ministack. I'm wondering just how noisy it would be. I'm thinking of getting a ministack v2 to use with my powerbook as my hub & external drive. If the thing is wailing away on my desk, I would not like that.
     
  16. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Well, when I'm watching King Kong on my Onkyo Dolby Digital surround system, I hardly notice it. :D

    It's not too bad - the fan spins up incrementally as the drive heats up.
     
  17. Squonk macrumors 65816

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    :D:D:D:D

    So, no worse than any other external drive cases I'd imagine...

    I still have not watched King Kong :eek:
     

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