Mac Mini Late 2014 SSD

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l have a Mac mini late 2014 with 4gb ram, looking to get a Samsung Evo 850 Pro with a USB 3.0 enclosure. whats the best enclosure to achieve top read/write speed of the SSD? What is the expected SSD read write speed through USB using black magic disk speed tester?
 

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Should i wait for the new mac mini hopefully this year, or spend the $150-$200 on this 2014 mac mini SSD?
 
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Should i wait for the new mac mini hopefully this year, or spend the $150-$200 on this 2014 mac mini SSD?
This doesn't seem all that hard of a question to answer. There is no guarantee that a new Mini will be coming any time soon (whether a few months from now, some time this year, some later year, or ever); moreover, a new Mini will cost you much more than just $150 - $200. If you need better long term storage today, I don't think the possibility of a future Mini should stop you from buying an SSD.

Also, a decent external SSD that works with a 2014 Mini will certainly still work with a future Mini, so it's not like you'll lose your investment if you upgrade. :)
 
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ganja24

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This doesn't seem all that hard of a question to answer. There is no guarantee that a new Mini will be coming any time soon (whether a few months from now, some time this year, some later year, or ever); moreover, a new Mini will cost you much more than just $150 - $200. If you need better long term storage today, I don't think the possibility of a future Mini should stop you from buying an SSD.

Also, a decent external SSD that works with a 2014 Mini will certainly still work with a future Mini, so it's not like you'll lose your investment if you upgrade. :)


Thanks, Placing my order.
 

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Waiting to receive the Inateck SSD enclosure with UASP support, I see it has off-on button, a blue light indicating its on, Since i will be using SSD in this enclosure as my boot drive will the blue light turn off automatically when the mac mini is shut down or do i have to turn off manually from the enclosure off-on button?
 

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Waiting to receive the Inateck SSD enclosure with UASP support, I see it has off-on button, a blue light indicating its on, Since i will be using SSD in this enclosure as my boot drive will the blue light turn off automatically when the mac mini is shut down or do i have to turn off manually from the enclosure off-on button?
The blue light will turn off automatically when the Mac is shutdown. The enclosure is powered by the USB bus so power to the enclosure/drive is removed when the mini is shutdown.
 
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The blue light will turn off automatically when the Mac is shutdown. The enclosure is powered by the USB bus so power to the enclosure/drive is removed when the mini is shutdown.
Thanks, Waiting for my shipment .

Samsung 850 Evo 120GB (boot drive)
Inateck enclosure USB 3.0 UASP
 
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ganja24

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Cool, we have a 2014 in the office that was for some reason bought with only the HDD and it is painful.

Getting speeds over 400 both read and write, Very snapy with only 4gb ram, It was totally worth adding the Samsung Evo SSD 850 via USB.

Just side question is the UASP enabled by default in 2014 mac mini running El Capitan?
 

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I have a 2.6 2014 Mini and I had the local store fit me a 500GB Samsung EVO 850 yesterday. (internally via SATA connection)

Thing flies along now ..
 

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I have a 2.6 2014 Mini and I had the local store fit me a 500GB Samsung EVO 850 yesterday. (internally via SATA connection)

Thing flies along now ..
Yes its fast as mine is a 1.4 Mini, I read your tread. Also reseted PRAM. Not sure if I should enable TRIM since i am using a enclosure might not work.
 

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