Can the standard Mac Mini work fine as a home server?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by dmk1974, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    Currently, my household has 3 macs, and 2 PCs. 1 of the PCs is used as a "home server" that houses all of our music, photos, videos and files. Works fine and all the other machines in the house are networked to it so we can all share the same iTunes library as opposed to each machine having separate music folders and libraries and so on.

    I am thinking of replacing that "server" PC with a Mac Mini (the one with the DVD slot, not the actual Mac Mini server) and replace the hard drive with a 1TB drive. Would this Mac Mini work fine in replacing what I had? My benefits would be less power draw (since that server will be on all the time) and then it becomes the main machine where I can set up iPhoto libraries once iCloud comes online in a few months (I'm gonna miss gallery and iDisk). Thanks!
     
  2. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    The base Mac Mini makes a GREAT little server. up till about 9 months ago I used one as a file / print / mail / web server and a torrent box, along with having it running Handbrake ~20 hours a day.
     
  3. profets macrumors 68040

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    Sorry for thread hijack, but in a similar setup, could a mini/server be used to hold an iPhoto library for use by multiple Macs on the network?
     
  4. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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  6. BeatCrazy macrumors 65816

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    You talk about using the Mini, but the new Mini doesn't have a DVD slot, and can support the faster 1333Mhz that you linked to above.

    Go with the new base Mini at $599 vs an older version, IMO.

    I'll probably be getting the base Mini for a very similar use as you are considering. Strictly a media server, and will probably move my iTunes to it, as well.
     
  7. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The new 2011 model is definitely sweeter, but I am thinking of getting a 2010 model for $400 from a guy on CL and I do like the fact that it has the superdrive already.

    I am tempted by that new $599 model and just connecting an external drive though. But for it's purposes, the 2010 would probably be fine. Just hoping to use a stick of RAM that I already have in-hand.
     
  8. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    The additional power of the 2011 model is well worth the upgrade in price.
     

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