Installing a SSD: Mac Mini or MBP?


macrumors member
Original poster
Oct 27, 2008
Los Angeles, CA
I just ordered a 40GB SSD to install in one of my machines. I intend to use the SSD to boot the OS and apps, leaving the current HDD to handle the data and have the optical disc removed and put in an enclosure for external use.

Which of these machines make more sense to install the SSD in?

October 2009 Mac Mini 2.66GHz with 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD (note: still under warranty. Use as HTPC and stream itunes library and other video/audio content remotely to iOS devices frequently).

August 2007 Macbook Pro 2.4GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo with 4GB Ram and 160GB HDD (note: not under warranty. Use as laptop around the house. don't really use as a server so much because the other machine has much more storage and is docked at the desk being a Mac Mini and all).

I lean towards the MBP because it is not under warranty, but any thoughts? Would having that SSD in the Mac Mini make it a much faster HTPC for remote access purposes and running as many servers as it does (streamtome, airvideo, plex, zumocast, eyetv....).


macrumors 6502a
Dec 31, 2010
The MBP. Since you're using the Mac Mini to stream/play media, it really doesn't need much performance. The MacBook Pro does, as you use it a lot more.


macrumors 601
Oct 20, 2008
Go with the machine you use more of. Best bang for the buck, that's how I'd decide.


macrumors newbie
Feb 24, 2011
MBP DUH! A jockey invests all of his time on his stud horse....:) Lol jk...I'm going to say whichever one you use more.