Mac Mini 18 256/512 if using a MM file server?

palebluedot

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I am going to setup my Mac Mini 2012 as a file server (along with my Time Capsule) when I get a new Mac Mini 2018. Should I look at the 256 or 512 2018 Mac mini given this? How practical would it be for me to have 256 and use a file server? Can I make drives auto mount from the file server as if they were local easily? It's always been wonky in the past with my Time Capsule. Any other reason to get 512 over 256 besides space? Drive speed I know is a bit "faster".

Welcome any thoughts or suggestions!
 

bigfatipod

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I am going to setup my Mac Mini 2012 as a file server (along with my Time Capsule) when I get a new Mac Mini 2018. Should I look at the 256 or 512 2018 Mac mini given this? How practical would it be for me to have 256 and use a file server? Can I make drives auto mount from the file server as if they were local easily? It's always been wonky in the past with my Time Capsule. Any other reason to get 512 over 256 besides space? Drive speed I know is a bit "faster".

Welcome any thoughts or suggestions!
For the unfamiliar, why not just stick an external drive on the new 2018 mini and allow that to be shared?
Or are you interested in offloading any cpu cycles to the 2012?
 

palebluedot

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For the unfamiliar, why not just stick an external drive on the new 2018 mini and allow that to be shared?
Or are you interested in offloading any cpu cycles to the 2012?
Wanted to steer clear of external because my desk already has a gaming PC on it sharing a keyboard and mouse with my Mini and because I have the 2012 that will just be collecting dust and figure why not make a whole house file server for everyone in my house.
 

palebluedot

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Anyone in the forum do this with an old Mini and have a new one? Would love to hear your experiences.