Mac Mini 2011 Questions

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by maaxk, Jan 17, 2015.

  1. maaxk, Jan 17, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2015

    maaxk macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2015
    Hello, I have a mid-2011 mac mini that has been running really slow lately. I was hoping to speed it up by upgrading the ram and adding an ssd. Would an ssd connected over usb work or would the performance be bad. I looked at the guides for installing it internally but worry that i will break something. Any reason that any ssd in an external enclosure and this*5ghz%29-ddr3---mid-2011/CT3309246 ram would not work?

    Would it be worth in investing in a thunderbolt to usb 3 cable? My only concern here is that i use the thunderbolt port for graphics because i have issues waking the monitor form sleep when using hdmi.
  2. Gjwilly, Jan 17, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2015

    Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    The 2011 only has USB 2.0 so you're not going to want USB.
    An external Thunderbolt drive is what you want.
    Here's a similar thread with some numbers for you.

    Just make sure you use a drive with two Thunderbolt ports and go from Mac Mini to drive and then from drive to Display.

Share This Page