Mac Mini 2009 - SSD Upgrade and 2nd HDD

roboboy

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Jun 11, 2012
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Im thinking of putting an SSD into my 3,1 Mac Mini, just had a few questions;

1. Is there any advantage of putting the SSD(boot drive) where the current HDD is over in the optical drive bay? (The install using one of these caddy's is marginally simpler, although I will also be replacing the RAM while in in there anyway)

OWC DDMMSSD240 DIY Kit: Data Doubler + 240GB... in stock at OWC

New Replacement 2nd HDD SSD Hard Drive Caddy Adapter SATA for Mac Mini late 2009 | eBay

^^^ is there any issue with this ebay caddy versus the OWC one?

2. I have been told the 3,1 Mini has had issues with 6 gbs SSD's and will only be able to use 3gbs SSD's. The reason I ask is some where down the line I may decide to put this drive into an MBP that I know will be able to take advantage of the 6Gb/s. Does any one know if the 6Gb/s SSD's are compatible with this iteration of the Mini?

Thanks!
 

Litany

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6Gb will automatically throttle to 1.5 or 3. I use a 6Gb in my 1.5Gb G5 with no issues.
 
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philipma1957

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that adapter should work. you don't need to put in a sata III you can put in a sata II That mini works very well with a samsung 470/ 810 sata II ssd

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Samsung-Sol...ultDomain_0&hash=item19d1e750c6#ht_620wt_1132



http://www.ebay.com/itm/Samsung-128...Disk_Drives&hash=item20c662ce34#ht_500wt_1147

this was a very good sata II ssd are you in Australia ? your ebay link is AU



http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-Sams...Disk_Drives&hash=item1e6ed63c74#ht_500wt_1147


I would buy this if it were under 200 usd as he ships to your country
 
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roboboy

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Jun 11, 2012
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Thanks, Yeah i'm in Australia.

Im considering a SATA III because the SSD may one day be used in an MBP.
 
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philipma1957

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if you want a sata iii try to get a crucial m4 here in the states the 256gb size is about 180 to 210 usd. i am not sure if the low price for these is in Aussie land. the last 30 days these ssds have dropped from 375 usd to as low as 180 usd
 
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