Mac Mini OSX on external SSD USB 3.0

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by robertojorge, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. robertojorge macrumors regular

    robertojorge

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    #1
    Hey guys,

    Just recorded a video with some tests regarding the usage of OSX on external SSD over USB 3.0 available @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVAp_tUceXs

    Yeah i know that the mini is really easy to swap the HDD but the tests that ive made were more directed to the machines the "cannot" be opened like the Imacs. I just got one for my wife base model (desktop version :) ) with a 20% off discount so no option to chose the SSD from factory (if they had the SSD model i would have bought it).

    Anyway i hope the video helps those looking for a solution cheaper than the thunderbolt solution.

    Only watch the video if you have free time :) 46 minutes of testings :)

    Resuming you can get 200-300 mps Writes and 400+ mps reads witch is actually really nice for external solution. SSD used was a Samsung 840 Evo 250GB
     
  2. Crosscreek macrumors 68030

    Crosscreek

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    I've been doing that with mine for almost a year now waiting for a refreshed Mini.
    Works fine if you use it for OS and Apps.
    No trim though so it shouldn't be used as a data drive.
    I use the internal HD as data and an external USB3 WD 2tb for data and time machine. :)
     
  3. robertojorge thread starter macrumors regular

    robertojorge

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    Yep that will be the setup used on my wifes Imac. OSX on External SSD, Internal HD for data and External HDD for Time machine :)

    Really nice
     

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