Hi, a friend offered me a Mac Mini, upgraded to 8GB, in a nearly-never-used condition, for what sounds like a great price (150). I don't know exactly which type, so I assume it's the base version with the 320GB hard drive. As I've been considering entering the Mac world for quite some time now, I cannot refuse this opportunity. The Mini will serve as my homebase for my freelance activities, so I want it to be fast and reliable. Here is what I am considering: - First, get to know it a bit by generally messing around and getting a good feel for the OS etc. I know the intro guides, so I don't need help with this. - Then, most likely upgrade the hard drive to an SSD. The ones recommended these days are all SATA 6G. Is this supported by the 2010 Mac Mini ? If the Mini has only 3G, will I notice any difference when using a 6G over a 3G SSD ? Also, is there any speed increase of picking a 256GB one over a 128GB one (I know 256GB goes faster for 6G) ? - I most likely will not be using the DVD drive. Does it make sense to go through all the effort to kick it out and turn it into an SSD+HD machine (assuming it's not the server variant) ? - For more storage and for Time Machine, I'd like to connect an external drive. I have a USB 2.0 enclosure, will this be sufficient ? How much overhead is TM anyway ? Will I notice an impact when using a slow drive ? Thanks, Peter.