My Mini is dying can I just swap drives on the new one?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by steve knight, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. steve knight Suspended

    steve knight

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    I have a 2011 mini that I put a ssd in a year ago. the video card locks it up and it is getting to happen ever week or two. I don't want to try to install the drive so I want to put it in a external case and boot from it. can I jsut put it in a case plug it in and boot from it without problems? and what would be better firewire or usb?
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    If you have kept the OS up to date then yes you can but if your running say snow leopard then you couldn't put that in a modern Mac it would throw a fit.

    Side note. Have you tried diagnosing the issue?
     
  3. steve knight thread starter Suspended

    steve knight

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    yes it is fully updated. yes I posted a pic here a year or so ago and was told it is the video card. the screen has lines through composed of blocks. when it happens the thing is fully locked then it reboots. it has been doing it for over a year but it is getting more often. I put in the new ssd drive still did it it is plenty fast for what I do so hate to upgrade the ssd drive gave it new life.
     
  4. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Does it look like this? image.jpeg
     
  5. Meister Suspended

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    As mentioned by Gav2k, you can simply stick the ssd in an external enclosure and boot from it.
     
  6. grcar Suspended

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    Kind of unclear what you are doing here. Just buy a new mini since your old one could go any day.
     
  7. steve knight thread starter Suspended

    steve knight

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    no it was horizontal lines like blocks. I broke down and found the 8 gig model on sale. way too easy to change over just took the drive out of my old one put it in the case and off I went. moved photos to the internal drive and iTunes and that freed up most of my ssd space. only problem was my firewire extra drive had to hunt around for a square usb cable. I won't need it down that I have the internal one. the sad part is it really does not give me anything more then I had. wen lI could play more games but I don't really play games on my computer.
     
  8. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Still have the old system?
     
  9. steve knight thread starter Suspended

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    ya was going to give it away.
     
  10. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Seeing as your not shy about opening it up you should consider reflowing the logic board. More often that not it solves the gpu issue. Then you can run the fans at a higher than default setting to slow the onset of the issue happening in the first place.
     

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