Check spec before I buy advice

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by SpinalTap, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. SpinalTap macrumors regular

    SpinalTap

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    I suspect one of the drives on my 2009 Mac Mini Server is failing. If so, I can't wait on a possible Mac Mini Haswell model upgrade.

    My instinct is to buy a 2012 2.6Ghz i7 with single 256GB SSD. My intention would be to then buy a separate 2.5" 9.5mm HGST Travelstar 5K1500 (1.5TB) drive, to create a large capacity Fusion drive (I want to maintain my existing BootCamp partition on one of the drive's three separate platters).

    My understanding is that if I erase the 256GB SSD, install the additional 1.5GB drive, then Disk Utility will flag an error message before asking if I want to initiate a fusion drive installation.

    Is this correct?

    Or, would I need to enter Terminal to effect Fusion Drive?
     
  2. blanka macrumors 68000

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    Moneywise you are better off buying the stock drive and slide in a Samsung 840pro yourself.
    I personally like to have all work files on the HD, so no Fusion for me.
    And may I ask why Bootcamp? Bootcamp is nice to unleash the full power of a 680MX in an iMac for serious gaming, but with the HD4000 unleashing the "true GPU power" is probably not a goal.
    I have my Windows partition floating in a flex-size disk image file, it boots in 10 seconds within OSX, it can access all my working files via shared folders, and I don't have to mess with partitions, reboots or file access troubles.
     
  3. Karlitr0s macrumors member

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    Forgive me for not knowing this, but are you saying that you'll get the same frame rates for a given game in Windows via Parallels as you would with Bootcamp?
     
  4. Schnort macrumors regular

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    No, he's saying that the HD4000 isn't really a decent enough GPU to bootcamp to windows to play a game on because it will still stink (though less).

    I'm pretty sure windows via parallels isn't going to give you a decent gaming experience on any hardware.
     
  5. fredr500 macrumors regular

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    Why don't you just replace the failing drive with the intention of moving it to a new mini when it gets released?
     
  6. SpinalTap, Feb 28, 2014
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    SpinalTap thread starter macrumors regular

    SpinalTap

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    My wife is a teacher, and requires use of Windows only programs for her work. I run Parallels off Drive1 on my server, while BootCamp resides on Drive2 (which is accessed by Parallels' 'My BootCamp').

    FWIW, CrossOver13 provides native speeds for playing any Windows game - but without requiring a WindowsOS - http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxgames/

    I don't want to 'crack open' the case on my 2009 server for fear of wrecking it/before recycling it.
     
  7. Schnort macrumors regular

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    CrossOver uses Wine as its Windows compatibility mechanism. And Wine most certainly cannot provide "native speeds for playing any Windows Game".

    It only supports DirectX9, and adds quite a bit of overhead between the game and the hardware that isn't present when running natively under windows.
     

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