Is it okay to leave your mac mini on 24/7?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Senate97, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. Senate97 macrumors newbie

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    I have some concerns about the heat. Will it get toasted easily if you leave it on for too long?

    Do i need any kind of cooler to reduce the temp?

    Sorry for asking some newbie questions. I am new :(
     
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  3. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    There shouldn't be any problem with leaving it on, unless you've done something to block airflow, it's designed to be on and not overheat so you should have no trouble.
     
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  7. THENIZZZEIL macrumors member

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    usually leave mine on during the work week, occasionally i'll reboot on my days off just because. I have a SSD drive too and i havent noticed any lag or overheating issues.

    I love how discreet this thing is compared to my big ass PC tower that used to be on for 24 hours creating all this noise with the fans and lots of heat.

    enjoy!
     
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  10. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

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    However, even though Macs are Energy Star compliant, think green. If everybody keeps appliances on 24/7 that's an awful lot of waste, CO2 footprint and stuff.
     
  11. netdog macrumors 603

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    +1 for this post.
     
  12. cavendish macrumors newbie

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    about your UPS, how long could it be used when no power? thx
     
  13. andrei.barbuta macrumors regular

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    Around 40 minutes which I think is awesome.

    @Bernard SG: I am all for green but my Mac mini doubles as my companies server and my workstation so 24/7 is a necessity. I invested in it to start making iOS development.

    If I start making some money one of the first things is to invest in solar panels so I can cut the energy consumption from the grid. So I have my eyes on limiting my pollution footprint as soon as I will be able too.
     
  14. 173080 macrumors 6502

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    I've had two Mac minis always on for three years and they're still running.
     
  15. occamsrazor macrumors 6502

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    I've had a PowerPC Mac Mini running 24/7 for about 5 years without problem...
     
  16. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Using a Mac Mini as a server is pretty damn green!
     

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