Need a hard drive recommendation for Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mjgunn, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. mjgunn macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2006
    So, looking to upgrade my mini's HD, any suggestions for drives that are reliable, quick, and still quiet?
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
  3. mjgunn thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2006
    Ahhh I knew I forgot something :D I'm looking for something in the area of 500gb.
  4. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

    Sep 15, 2004
    i(am in the)cloud
    I would think about a cheap SSD. I am thinking of a 32 GB to go with my Drobo.
  5. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    You'll find pretty sound support for the WD Scorpio Blue drives as well as the Seagate Momentus. If you want 7200 RPM you'll have to opt for either the Seagates or something else as the WD Scorpio Blacks currently max out at 320 GB.

    FWIW, I installed Seagate 320 GB 7200 RPM drives in both my Macbook and Mini and they're working great---very quiet with no issues. I'd suspect the 500 GB would likely perform just as well.
  6. talbalos macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2008
    Just installed a 2.5" Seagate 500 GB 7200 RPM SATA II in my Macbook Pro. It's running quiet, cool and fast. Purchased an OEM unit from a local computer retailer for $106+tax
  7. mjgunn thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2006
  8. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
  9. dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    I'm in the same boat. I have the stock 120 GB 5400 RPM in my Mac Mini at the moment. I see a lot of people like the WD scorpio blue drives, but is that because they are a cheaper $/GB pricepoint and currently higher capacity than the WD scorpio black drives? I would think that most would want a 7200 RPM vs a 5400 RPM drive.
  10. srexy macrumors 6502a

    Nov 19, 2006
  11. bamf macrumors 6502

    Feb 14, 2008
    I've got a 500GB Scorpio Blue in my Mac Mini 2,1 and it works like a champ.
  12. dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    But even at the slower RPM speeds, the blue performs even better than the stock drives that comes with the Mini? Or are you really getting the blue primarily for capacity reasons?

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