if i buy a SATA II 1TB drive for 09 mini, will it b useful in 2013 mini also

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by madeirabhoy, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. madeirabhoy macrumors 6502a

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    keep thinking about getting new mini, but not quite got cash and havent persuaded myself that the jump is worth it. have a 2ghz early 09 model.


    if replace the 320gb drive with a 1TB drive, thinking about the below, 60 quid, is this drive going to be useful, for example if i buy a base model present mini that has 500gb drive can i just swap it out for this, or can i add it internally?







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  2. chrfr macrumors 603

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    SATA disks that work in the 2009 Mini will work in a 2012 Mini but if there's a redesigned Mini later this year, there's no telling if it will work or not.
    You'd always be able to take that drive out and put it into a USB 3.0 enclosure and use it at full speed that way.
     
  3. Edge macrumors member

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    tl;dr If the 2013 Mac mini changes shape, there's a chance the only place for a 2.5" drive might be as external storage.

    I would be amazed if a refreshed or even redesigned 2013 Haswell mini does not incorporate a 2.5" drive.

    Even with the switch to SSDs, the 2.5" SATA form factor will be around for a couple more years.

    The only Macs currently without 2.5" or 3.5" drives are the portable Airs and Retinas, because of space and power constraints. But the Mac Pro indicates the change is coming.

    At some point, Apple will be the first to dispense completely with internal SATA 2.5" drives. In the meantime, Apple will move to PCI-E NGFF-based SSD blades all around (like the ones in the Airs, Retinas, new Mac Pro) but keep the consumer desktops (iMac and Mac mini) with the option of a 2.5" drive with large amounts of storage.

    I was surprised the 27" iMac included a full-sized 3.5" drive. I imagine the next redesign will eliminate this.

    So, if the 2013 Haswell Mac mini keeps the same form factor it means 2.5" drives will be with us for another year at least. A new design might even have room for on 2.5" drive instead of two. If not, and the new Mini is PCI-E blade only, like the Mac Pro, the the current iMac will be the last of the platter-based 2.5 or 3.5" Macs.
     
  4. MJL macrumors 6502a

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    I believe there is a greater than 50% chance that the Mac mini will get a similar form factor as the Airport and Time capsule.

    They both have space for a 3.5" drive - I feel that is Apple maximizing returns since large capacity 2.5" drives are more expensive. (if you can get a 2.5" in the same capacity as the 3.5")

    As mentioned before you can always put it in an external USB 3.0 enclosure and throughput is not limited by the USB 3.0 but by the HDD itself.
     

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