Busted HDD: Switching to External

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by incoherent1, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. incoherent1 macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007
    Yesterday, my Mac Mini's internal HDD died for a second time with the tell-tale click of death and blank boot up screen.

    My question: is it possible to permanently boot from an external drive (SSD, likely) and just leave the busted HDD in there? Will it continue to click forever is there some way I can make the OS ignore the busted drive without having to do surgery on the Mini?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Why not just swap the drives? It's not that difficult. No medical degree required.
  3. incoherent1 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007
    Mostly because it's an older Mini, and if I'm going to sink money into an SSD, I'd rather have something that can easily serve a different function after the Mini is retired.
  4. eutexian macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2012
    Mapperley, Nottingham UK
    so.. is it more difficult to take it out of the mini than it is to put in?
  5. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

    Jul 14, 2004
    In System Preferences, you can use the Startup Disk panel to tell OS X to boot from the external disk by default.

    Alternatively, if you have a local independent Mac shop near you, they usually can perform an SSD install for ~$50 or so.

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