Can I replace the drive inside the Mac Mini with a 1 GB drive?

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  1. WizardHunt macrumors demi-god

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    Can I repace the drive in a Mac Mini which now has the 160 GB with a 500 Gb or even a 1 TB drive? Will it fit? Is it possible to do? I am speaking of if it is out of warranty of course. I know it would void the warranty if the case was opened but can it be done and is it too differcult? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks so much.
     
  2. merl1n macrumors 65816

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    1. You can replace the drive with a larger one but it must be a 2.5 inch notebook drive. If the mac is intel, it must be a SATA drive. If it is a PPC mini, it must be an ATA/IDE drive.

    2. They don't make a 1TB notebook drive yet.

    3. I've done the upgrade twice on a mini and its a PIA to open the case. Once you get it open though, the rest is simple. You can use this video from OWC to see how all of it is done:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/installation.cfm

    Click on Hard Drives and scroll to the mini. Download the file (quicktime movie) and watch it.
     
  3. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Everything explained above!^^

    But apparently your error in the title will shock a lot of people me included!:eek:
     
  4. merl1n macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, that got me going as well... 1 GB. But out of curiosity I had to read it. I guess you too.:D
     
  5. California macrumors 68040

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    isn't the largest laptop sata drive a 320gb?

    He could do that, right?
     
  6. WizardHunt thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    Could I use one of the stacker drives that I bought, I have a stacker 2 and stacker 3. They are the same size case as the mac mini so I assume the drive might be the same size. The stacker 2 drive is a 500 GB. and the stacker 3 is a 1 TB drive. Can I take either drive out of the stacker cases and replace my 160 GB from the mini? What do you think?
     
  7. umop apisdn macrumors member

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    I would assume those external drives are 3.5inch desktop drives and wouldn't be possible.
     
  8. iPhil macrumors 68040

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    There's a 500 GB Sata 2.5" drive on the market now...




    The stacker drives are 3.5" in height not 2.5" in height for Mac Mini use.. The largest drive in GBs is 500GB, You'll pay a premium for it too ....320GB is cheaper too...
     
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    I take it you want to eliminate the use of those external hard drives, keeping your set up nice and simple. Have you considered buying a time capsule and hiding it out the way somewhere?

    That way multiple computers can share the drive with ease
     
  10. WizardHunt thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    I just found out for sure that the Stacker Drives are indeed a 3.5 internal drive. so that will not work. I will have to buy a 320 or 500 internal. Wonder how much difference I would notice in the 5400 speed and 7200 speed drive?

    The 320 comes with 7200 speed
    The 500 comes with 5400 speed only.

    Which should I buy?
     
  11. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    You can get a 7200rpm 320gb notebook drive? Link.
     
  12. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Hitachi's 7k320.
     
  13. blodwyn macrumors 65816

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    The other way to go would be to use a firewire external drive as your boot/system disk. Apart from the capacity and cost advantages I think you might see a performance improvement too, as (in my subjective testing) I've found that a 7200rpm firewire drive seems to perform better as a system disk than the slower drives usually found in laptops and mini's.

    This is easy to test with a SuperDuper image to an external and a quick reboot, no messing with the mini, and no warranty implications.

    Just a thought
     
  14. merl1n macrumors 65816

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    The 320 is also available in 5400 speed and cheaper than the 7200 speed ones.

    Here is a link where you can compare prices from OWC. For the mini, 7200 rpm may be overkill and there is a substantial price difference given the same amount of storage.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/Search/Se....5+hard+drive&Ntk=Primary&Ns=P_Price|0&N=6892

    For what you want to spend, the choice is yours. You can go up to a 500GB drive (5400 rpm) at this time.
     
  15. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Not in my testing. I ran SpeedTools on a FW400mbps/500gig/7200rpm/32mbc 3.5" vs an internal SATA 1.5gps/120gig/5400/8mbc 2.5" on my Mac Mini and the internal drive won nearly every test.
     
  16. blodwyn macrumors 65816

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    Hmmm, that's interesting. I didn't run any benchmarks, but subjectively my mini felt more responsive when running from my external firewire drive. I ended up installing a 200GB 7200rpm drive in my mini, which works even better :)
     
  17. bigrell486 macrumors 6502

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    You nearly scared me with that title! 1GB wow! :eek:
     
  18. WizardHunt thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    Sorry. . . That is what everyone is telling me. ;)
     
  19. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Well, you can connect a 1 TB drive to the Mini's internal SATA interface. Of course, the drive has to be in its own enclosure with a power supply.
     
  20. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Depending on your use, the 5400 rpm drives can perform better than the 7200 rpm drives, particularly when it comes to sustained read/write. These drives are those that have 160 gigs/platter (e.g., 160x1, 320x2, 500x3).
     
  21. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Buy a Firewire caddy and a 1tb drive. Problem solved.

    It won't void your warranty, its easy to do, its just as fast (Due to the legacy technology still used in hard drives, they never push out anywhere close to SATA speeds.)
     
  22. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    FW400 does not outperform the internal drive of the Mini in most tasks.
     
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