Does Mac Mini use proprietary hard drives like the iMac?

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

  1. mdh95070 macrumors member

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    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

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    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.

    http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Mac-Mini-Mid-2011-Teardown/6131/1
     
  3. mdh95070 thread starter macrumors member

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    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 68040

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

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    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 68040

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    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

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    Hurrah!
     
  8. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    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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