Does Mac Mini use proprietary hard drives like the iMac?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mdh95070, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. mdh95070 macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2009
    Not sure if this group knows the current iMacs use HDs with proprietary firmware and cabling (all covered in the iMac group). I wonder if the new Mac Minis use the same approach?
  2. iCheddar macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2007
    South Dakota
    iFixIt did a teardown. Looks like it uses a custom zif/sata connector at the logic board, but a standard SATA connector at the drive. Swapping drives is/will be simple. I know that MR user Edge has already done a swap; however, adding a second drive will impossible until that cable comes to market.
  3. mdh95070 thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2009
    Thanks. I am really disappointed that apple decided to go with proprietary drives on the iMac for thermal reasons. The iMac is a better value, for me, than the mini. But, i refuse going with proprietary drives. thanks
  4. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Were they really proprietary drives in the iMac or regular HDDs with some proprietary connector and sensors stuck to them?
  5. jmcgeejr macrumors 6502


    Oct 7, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    It had to do with the temp sensor being polled on the drive and if you changed it, made the fan go full speed. Someone made a mod to fix it.

    However on this 2011 mini, I just put in my own ssd, crucial c300, there are no temp sensors on the 2011 mini now.
  6. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Cool, nice to know.

    Just looked up the iMac teardown on ifixit.. Its just a WD blue drive in there anyway.. lol. Definitely worth replacing.
  7. Westyfield2 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    Bath, UK.
  8. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    yeah I am 90 percent done with a 256gb samsung ssd looks like this will be easier then the 2010 to do 1 drive swaps!

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