External Drives for Mac mini.

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by OCOTILLO, Sep 23, 2005.

  1. OCOTILLO macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2005
    Houston, TX
    There are several ext. HDs in mini-like cases available, but I have not seen any DVD/CD burner drives in a similar enclosure. It would seem to me that a slot loading burner and a HD combined in a mini-like case would be a worthwhile item. Has anyone seen something like this?
  2. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Fact is you can get a DVD burner (ok, not the fastest, but still good enough) in a Mac mini.
    Those ext. HDs are there not only for extra storage, but also for having a faster HD.
    One of the most "crippling" speed factors of the mini is the very slow internal drive. It is only 4200 rpm, while 7200 rpm is considered normal for a desktop. If the mini is your only Mac, then getting an external FW HD is pretty much essential for the speed. Especially for swapping memory (which OS X does quite a lot if you don't have tons of memory)... higher rpms mean better performance.
  3. wongulous macrumors 6502a

    Dec 7, 2002
    It's not mini-like, but I like the LaCie d2 DVD+/-RW dual layer drive w/LightScribe. Don't pay Apple's prices ($179 for a student), though, I found it for $113 on one website via Froogle.
  4. ammon macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2005
    You can find smaller external DVD burners, but they are REALLY expensive.

    Just go pick up a cheap external firewire case ($35) and a Lite-On DVD burner ($49). It works great!

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