MAC Mini and external drives from other MACs?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by amersault, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. amersault macrumors member

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    so my old MacBookPro (Santa Rosa) finally black screened this weekend. i think the Nvidia card may be the culprit.

    rather than take it into the shop and for what they will likely quote me, i am tempted to get a MAC Mini instead for what i'll likely spend.

    i was thinking of taking out the MBP hard drive and placing it in an enclosure. if i did so, i could still theoretically access it from the MAC Mini, correct? would i also be able to boot/Target Disk off the external HD?

    i've also got a DVD burner from an aging tower i can cannibalize and place in an enclosure to connect to the MAC Mini. would this set-up work?

    if anyone has done something similar or if this has been posted elsewhere, please let me know.

    thanks in advance.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, and yes.
     
  3. amersault thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you!! (gives me hope to keeping all my data and still running all my apps from the old HD)

    can anyone recommend any enclosures for that HD? any brands i should consider/stay away from?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I've had good success with every product I've bought from OWC over the past 4 years. You might want to check out their enclosures.
     
  5. amersault thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks, GGJ :) checking out your links now.
     
  6. amersault thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks, GGJ - i'm going to spring for one of OWCs bundle options and will start the replacement soon.

    last one for this thread -

    if i take the DVD R/W from an aging PPC tower and throw that into an enclosure, will the MAC mini recognize it? or are Mini's partial to detecting certain DVD drives only?
     
  7. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    the dvd needs to be mac compatible. some are some are not
     
  8. amersault thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks, Philipma - it is so it should be good, based on your comment.
     
  9. useme2305 macrumors member

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    you will not be able to boot from the old drive as far as i know as long as the old OS is on it.

    if that was part of your question.
     
  10. amersault thread starter macrumors member

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    thank you - it was actually part of my question.

    that's interesting. the MBP has Snow Leopard on it. i assume Target Disk Mode should still work, correct?

    i'm hoping to be able to retrieve the data and save all the apps while working off the Mini.
     

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