Is it possible to put a portable HDD INSIDE Mac Mini?

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  1. antwonw macrumors newbie

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    So I am looking at upgrading my HDD inside my Mac Mini (2006).

    Is it possible to get a portable HDD like a WD Elements 1TB (http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digit...PPEY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329348989&sr=8-1), dismantle it and put it inside my Mac Mini as the HDD?

    I'm not partial to that HDD; just curious if any 2.5" portable external drive would work inside the Mac Mini.

    Internal drives alone are really expensive right now because of the flooding. Simple cost-effectiveness analysis on internal verses external portable shows that external drives are cheaper per GB than internal ones.

    Does anybody know if this would work? Or have any ideas?

    Thanks!
     
  2. jsolares macrumors 6502a

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    Only if you could take out the HD from that enclosure and still has a sata conector.

    I have a 320GB passport that i got so i could replace the 120GB in my UB MB but turns out the drive doesn't have a sata port at all, it has the USB port in the board of the HD thus you can only connect it to USB.

    And yes any 2.5" drive with a sata port will work, but you won't know for sure unless you take apart the enclosure.
     
  3. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    yeah but not sure that one works. this one was good



    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822149099


    this thread shows how to take one apart along with a lot of other stuff.

    http://techtalk.parts-express.com/showthread.php?t=213477
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It would probably work, as long as you got it out of whatever enclosure it comes in without damaging it.
     
  5. Stan Mikulenka macrumors 6502

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    Hi ant,
    I think that most of these external HD use a 'normal' (=3.5") hard drives, so you couldn't use that in your Mini.
     
  6. Macman45 macrumors G5

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    Getting those drives out of the enclosures is a mighty task indeed if you want to keep the drive in one piece. They deliberately make it really hard to do.
     
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Read. The OP specifically states "2.5" portable external hard drives." Obviously a 3.5" drive won't work.

    No it's not. Usually you just have to pry open the plastic housing. The housing will probably not be re-usable but the drive shouldn't be difficult to preserve.
     
  8. Macman45 macrumors G5

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    ^^

    The ones I've removed have been incased in metal housings, with the USB connection also protected via a metal flap...Not worth the hassle IMO.
     
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