Mac Mini - Using an external HDD as primary?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by simplymuzik3, Jun 6, 2009.

  1. simplymuzik3 macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, i just have a simple question:

    if i hook up an external 7200rpm drive via fw800 to my mini, will this drive be faster to boot from than the internal 5400rpm drive? Could I use the external drive as my primary drive? And will the speed difference be (noticeable?)? Thanks.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Yes you can, but it'll be slower than your internal. FW800 max out at 800MB/s and Sata max out at 3GB/s, it's almost 4:1 ratio
     
  3. simplymuzik3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Are you 100% sure about that? I was reading macworld magazine july 2009 issue, and one of the articles says that the mini runs faster with an external fw800 as the primary drive/boot drive.?
     
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    On the previous gen Mini that I have (1.5 gb internal SATA and external FW400) using a FW drive (3.5"/500 gb/7200 rpm/16 mb cache) was slower for most uses than the internal SATA drive (2.5"/120 gb/5400 rpm/8 mb cache). Testing was done with Intech Speedtools. Still, I preferred booting from the external drive.
     

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