Mac Mini Modifications

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by lindahl22, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. lindahl22 macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2008
    I have a PowerPC G4 1.42GHz Mac Mini with 1GB of RAM and a 80GB HD. I was wondering what can I do to make it faster, and last another 3 years for less than $300? I was thinking that I could switch the Hard Drive from a 2.5'' 80GB to a 3.5'' 500GB or 1TB Drive. All I would need is this thing right? Would this help it out at all?

    What are other modifications that I could do to my MacMini? I've heard of switching the CD/DVD Drive to a Hard Drive, haven't seen thtat anywhere though.
  2. gehrbox macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2007
    A faster HDD would help the most. A 3.5" drive would have to be external. The Mini lacks the room for a 3.5" drive. Never heard of anyone replacing the optical drive with an HDD. The drive in your model uses an Ultra ATA/100 interface.

    If you are interested in the performance gained by doing that read here:
  3. bamf macrumors 6502

    Feb 14, 2008
    You could get a Firewire external drive and boot from that. I think that OWC ( has something called the MiniStack that has the same form factor as the mini so at least it would be aesthetically pleasing.
  4. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    I would recommend replacing the aging 2.5" internal hard drive with another 2.5" hard drive but in a 7200rpm variety. Then I would add an external 3.5" FireWire 400 drive to pickup the rest of the storage needs.

    It looks like the RAM is already maxed out at 1GB. I am not sure if it will unofficially handle more but it is worth looking into.
  5. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    The main thing that makes your mini slow is the PPC processor :eek:

    Sell your mini on eBay, they are still getting decent money and put your $300 towards getting a refurb C2D mini from Apple.
  6. Decrepit macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2007
    Foothills to the Rocky Mountains
    I put an external 7200 rpm firewire HDD on my Mini and use it as the boot drive. I was using the internal HDD for Time Machine, but decided to put a 750 GB USB drive on my Mini for that.

    I'm hoping a new Mini comes along, and I will have the new Mini back up to the old Mini.

    It's much quicker than the 4200 rpm drive that came in the system.
  7. stukdog macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2004

    I agree. G4 minis still sell for about $300. Take that plus the $300 you were going to spend on upgrades and get an Intel Mac mini. They are quite a bit faster (and you won't be left out if certain new apps don't support G4 processors.)

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