Busted HDD: Switching to External

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

  1. incoherent1 macrumors member

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    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

    GGJstudios

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

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    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

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    so.. is it more difficult to take it out of the mini than it is to put in?
     
  5. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

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    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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