Buying New Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by theoldsalt, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. theoldsalt macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2012
    After much deliberation I'm buying a new Mini with 2.6GHz intel and have OWC install a 480 GB SSD on top of the HD. To get this accomplished I have to do the following. I got all this from researching this forum for hours. I even found out how to use my iMac for the monitor. When Mini arrives I have to hook up to iMac, download CCC or Superduper, make a clone of hard drive to my 40 GB Firewire external drive & test. Send Mini to OWC for install of SSD. Upon receiving Mini back I have to copy the Clone back to the SSD OR should I boot to the recovery partition(?), open DU and let DU "repair" both drives into a fusion drive; then reboot from the cloned drive and transfer the contents to the now fusion drive? Should I erase the OS from the 1TB HD? I have disks of all my applications and will do a fresh install and transfer my iMac content via Migration Assistant? This Macrumor forum is awesome but at times too much info is confusing. On a fusion drive is therre some kind of separation from the SSD and HD? How do I install parrallells on the HD when it all is now one fusion drive? Any wise word would be appreciated. Thanks for any help
  2. biggd macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2008
    I apologize, this thread will go better when you define:
    a) reason why your buying mac mini
    b) what you use iMac from
    c) why ur dumping so much cash into mac mini in upgrades
    d) why parallels?
  3. macman05 macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2007
    I didn't know OWC offered this installation service for the mac mini 2012. What are they charging you for this?
  4. theoldsalt thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2012
    I am getting a Mini because I do not want another iMac. I am WA state Admin Spec for AARP TaxAide. I have more spreadsheets that carter's pills. I also make up posters and brochures from pictures, movies, etc. for various volunteer organizations. My iMac is really getting slow. I have deleted all un-necessary Apps. docs, etc and it still is slow. RAM is maxed out. Therefore the upgrade on the mini and when a future major upgrade to mini comes out all I have to do is replace the mini (if I am still upright and taking sustenance, I'm 77). My TBD will still be good. All IRS tax software runs on PC. I used to use bootcamp but went to parellells so I could have both Windows open along side of the OS. I need to see what I am doing. Actually my upgraded Mini through OWC is only a couple hundred more than the fusion MAC Mini drive upgrade and I am getting a SSD three times the size. I use Photoshop and Office 2011 along with some ancillary Apps. Sorry for the length but you asked.

    Also OWC charges 99$ for the installation service.

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