Mac Mini Server & 1 TB WD drives

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Doraemon, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. Doraemon macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2001
    Europe (EU)
    Hi all,

    I am toying with buying a Mac Mini Server (MMS), but am concerned that - especially when using Time Machine for multiple Macs - the two built-in 500 GB HDDs won't be enough.
    Western Digital introduced 2.5-inch 1 TB HDD earlier this year, but their form factor height is 12.5 mm, so about 3 mm higher than the built-in 500 GB drives from the MMS.
    So I was wondering if there was enough space inside the MMS to replace the standard 500 GB HDDs with the 1 TB WD drives? Has anyone got experience with my idea? Or would getting an external multi-slot HDD drive be more sensible?

    Input appreciated. Many thanks in advance!
  2. rtrt macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    i'd be interested in the answer here as well.

    think wd are just starting to ship the 1tb 2.5 now even tho it was launched a while back as you say.
  3. rw3 macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2008
    DFW, TX
    They will physically fit in the Mac Mini. However, you will be hard pressed to find the 2.5" 1TB WD drives. DO NOT BUY THE WESTERN DIGITAL PASSPORT ESSENTIAL SE 1TB drives as they already have the USB interface on the drive, so no true SATA connector.

    Heat becomes an issue as well as there will be limited airflow over the lowest drive and there is typically airspace there with the standard 9.5mm drives. Hope this helps!
  4. /"\/oo\/"\ macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2007
    You're better off getting an external RAID enclosure of some sort with FW800- faster drives, cheaper per GB, easier upgradability/maintenance, etc.
  5. robotartfashion macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    x2, Get a FW or USB enclosure. has some great units that hold 4 3.5" drives and have fw ports
  6. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    Those external housings are loud. I'm sure that mini server is very quiet. I use an external drive for my iMac boot drive and the fan and the drive are very noisy.


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