First time mac user, just bought a 2011 mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Dduval, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Dduval macrumors regular

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    Hello all,

    First post here. I will say in advance what a great informative community you all have here! Been lurking here for a few weeks now, thank you for the excellent info!

    Kind of excited, I was debating on getting a new 2012 mini with the fusion drive, but just could not justify the costs. I'm a long time PC user (20 years +), well since the Internet was first discovered using dial up, :eek: So instead I thought I got a good deal on ebay.

    Just purchased a MC815LL/A (July, 2011) Mac mini. The owner upgraded the ram to 8 gigs and he replaced the 500 gig stock hard drive with a 120gb OWC Electra 6G SDD drive. He stuck the original drive in a USB case for external backup. Plus I got the external DVD drive as well.

    Won't be as fast as the new mini with the fusion, but I think it'll work for a first time mac user. I was wanting to get more storage capacity and was thinking about installing a 1 tb hard drive inside with the SSD drive? If I make the full switch from pc to Mac, I have almost 3 tb of data to move over...

    Should I go this route? Or just buy an FireWire external drive? For some reason it's driving me nuts to only have 120 gig internal capacity...:)

    Thanks in advance, Dana
     
  2. borostef macrumors 6502

    borostef

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    Congratulations on your purchase! I have bought a 2011 Mini a year ago (also have been a PC user for 15 + years) and have not looked back... It is a great machine!
    As for the fusion drive... It is not necessarily a faster solution than an SSD + external or internal storage, it just puts all of your mostly used applications and programs on your SSD and the rest to your HDD, if you know how to do that yourself you will not miss it at all...
    I have an internal 120 GB SSD and two external 500GB USB 2 HDD's and I am very happy with the setup, I also upgraded the RAM to 8GB and it made a huge difference... I am waiting for a 16GB upgrade to arrive from OWC any day now, hoping it will improve things even further... Enjoy your Mini...
     
  3. Dduval thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, exactly what I'm going to do as we'll.

    What is your boot time with your mini having the SSD? Pretty fast all around?

    Dana
     
  4. borostef macrumors 6502

    borostef

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    My boot time is something like 20 seconds, give or take a second or two...
     

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