Mac mini 2014

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Nofroyo, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. Nofroyo macrumors newbie

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    Just got a new mac mini 4th gen core i5 1.4ghz. 4gb ram 500gb hd.

    Anyone know if there is a third party solution to either add another hd or add and keep my existing drive? Basically have 2 hard drives?
     
  2. alien3dx macrumors 6502a

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    imac also cannot upgrade .. two drive unless you have 2 drive .. Wonder why you buy it and what usage of it .. If video cannot, if xcode programming.. survive like me but then upgraded back to imac 2017 base .

    Just buy external hardisk, if need raid buy akito raid solution.
     
  3. redheeler macrumors 604

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    Best solution is to get an external drive which you can use in addition to the current internal drive. Can be powered by either USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt.
     
  4. Boyd01 macrumors 601

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    You can add an external USB 3.0 SSD if you want better performance. I have a 2012 quad mini that I use for video editing. It boots from a 1TB Samsung T3 SSD and runs great.

    But the bigger problem on your Mini is the slow CPU and 4gb RAM. I have this same model but only use it as an iTunes server. It works great for that, but seems really slow if I try doing anything else. Nevertheless, it may be just fine for some people, depending on their expectations and needs.
     
  5. mbradyrn macrumors member

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    I bought the same model 3 weeks ago - new and for a good price. I sold it this weekend and bought a used 2.8 model with 8gb ram and a fusion drive. Now I'm happy.

    I tried everything possible, but found the 5400 rpm drive made the machine really unusable. Shockingly unusable. I have a hard time believing that Apple doesn't know this.
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    mbradyrn wrote:
    "I tried everything possible, but found the 5400 rpm drive made the machine really unusable. Shockingly unusable. I have a hard time believing that Apple doesn't know this."

    They know.
    But they don't care.

    I sense the Mini in its current form isn't long for the market, anyhow.
    We shall see.

    Enjoy your new Mini!
     
  7. Boyd01 macrumors 601

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    That sounds like a much nicer machine, hope it serves you well. Note that Apple will not support Fusion drives with their new filesystem however. It appears ambiguous as to whether this is temporary or a final decision however. And you should still be able to upgrade to High Sierra without the new filesystem. Personally, I am in no rush to make that switch. ;)

    https://www.macrumors.com/2017/09/18/apple-files-system-no-fusion-drive-support/
     
  8. jdasikainen macrumors 6502

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    i love my 2014 2.6ghz i5 8gb ram 1tb heard drive great power in a small package the dual core stinks but it serves my uses light vid editing for youtube casual gaming and so on. i don't think the 1.4 is worth it though but thats just me.
     
  9. tibas92013 macrumors 6502

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    I also bought a Refurbished MM(Late 2014) 2.8GHz,8GB Ram,256SSD from the Apple On-Line Store in June, 2015 and it is one great "beast" of a machine.

    The above was an upgrade from my other Refurbished MM(Late 2012), 2.5GHz, 4GB Ram, 500GB HD that I purchased form the Apple On-Line Store in August, 2013. The only complaint I have with this MM is the "bottleneck" HD and this is why I decided to direct my "dollars" to another MM that had a SSD and it turned out to be one great decision

    IMO the SSD runs circles around the HD, however, I still go by the advice on this Forum to buy what you can afford and need.
     
  10. Geeky Chimp macrumors regular

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    Replacing the 5400RPM spinning drive in the Mac mini 2014 isn't too difficult with the right tools. Takes less than 20 minutes and replacing with an SSD really wakes up the 1.4 Base model.
     
  11. Boyd01 macrumors 601

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    Plugging in a good external USB 3.0 SSD takes less than 30 seconds, will still give you a 4x speed increase (about 400MB/sec vs 100MB/sec for the stock hard disk), it won't void your warranty and it can easily be moved to another Mac when you are ready to upgrade. :)
     
  12. alien3dx macrumors 6502a

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    with my exp messy icloud and spotlight.. external disk the best thing if in mac.. :(
     
  13. jdasikainen macrumors 6502

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    an external sd is actually a decent ideally give that a go sometime on mine
     
  14. mbosse macrumors 6502

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    You can add an Apple Blade PCIe SSD if you find the right cable (which comes up frequently on Ebay). This also allows you to keep your HDD and upgrade the performance without any external solutions.
     
  15. Chatran macrumors member

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    SSD in USB3 enclosure with UASP is way easier and much cheaper. You can leave internal HDD for data storage and emergency boot.

    My mac mini 2014 2.8ghz works in this way nearly three years without any problem.
     
  16. mbradyrn macrumors member

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    Using an external ssd as your boot drive works, but is not elegant. With Apple stuff, i want elegant.

    I don't want to cut the roof off a Ferrari to make it go faster.
     
  17. Boyd01 macrumors 601

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    Well mine sits on a desk with a mass of wires coming out the back connected to various things. A little external SSD does not make it any less "elegant". ;)
     

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