External thunderbolt 2 ssd for 2014 mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by matthew_, Dec 2, 2018.

  1. matthew_ macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2016

    I’ve got the mid level 2014 mini running Sierra & want to install a newer OS on an external drive - I have one thunderbolt 2 port available for that but am not sure what my best options would be - are there thunderbolt 2 drives available that would work directly for that or do I need an enclosure etc? Any advice is greatly appreciated!
  2. Synchro3 macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2014
    Cheapest solution: Buy the LaCie rugged Thunderbolt case with the smallest HardDisk, and install an SATA SSD.

    It's bootable.

    Only caveat: Once you have a Thunderbolt 3 Mac, you cannot use it directly via the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to 2 adapter, because the adapter provides no power.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Cheapest, easiest solution:
    Get a USB3 SSD, use that instead.
    It will boot and run just as fast as a thunderbolt drive and COST LESS.
  4. matthew_ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2016

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