MacMini 2014 SSD Questions

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by -Ray-, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. -Ray- macrumors regular

    -Ray-

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    I bought the mac mini 2014 base model for my kids today. The think seems very sluggish with doing basic multi tasking.

    Im thinking that upgrading the ssd may have an increase in the performance. I couldn't find any information regarding this and wanted to get some feedback.

    If i do decide to go this route what would be the requirements for the ssd. I keep reading that the new mini uses pcie but I'm not sure if the regular drive uses sata or not. A regular ssd would be sufficient.

    Any insights?

    Thanks
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Eh - the "base model" mini does not have an SSD, but a (slow) hard drive.
    The hard drive can be replaced by an SSD (standard 2.5-inch SATA SSD), which would be a significant upgrade.
    Or, you could install a PCIe flash SSD, which is faster than the SATA SSD.
    You would have to add the connector cable for that flash storage, but it's worth the effort, I think.
    Here's one source for the correct PCIe blade cable. http://www.applecomponents.com/item...1?pn=10&cat=Service Parts: Cables&per_page=30
     
  3. -Ray- thread starter macrumors regular

    -Ray-

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    I did the upgrade. Went with a standard sata drive. Didn't see the point with the piec as it is a base system anyway.

    Improvements are dramatic. Huge upgrade from the old 80/mb read /right. Running around 550 on each now.
     
  4. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    Awesome! Congratulations on the upgrade. The machine should serve you nicely now. What drive did you go with?
     
  5. Meister Suspended

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    Congrats and enjoy!:)

    Only :apple: knows why they are still selling desktops (Mac mini, imac) with hdds in 2015. :confused:
     
  6. -Ray- thread starter macrumors regular

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    It wasn't that bad actually. The hardest part was finding a T6 Torex Security Driver. After searching various stores, I found one at an Autozone.

    After that, I followed a youtube video. Pretty straight forward. I have experience upgrading the 2012 model.

    The mini with the SSD isn't actually that bad. Its pretty responsive now.
     

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