New Mini Server or Upgrade Mini 2.0GHz

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by skipriverstone, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. skipriverstone macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2010
    I have a Early 2009 Mini and I want to partition the WD 500GB hard drive on it.
    Use 250GB for OS X 10.5.8 to run Safari, Final Cut Pro 7, Aperture 3, CS5 Master Collection, HandBrake, and etc. Use the other 250GB for Leopard Server.

    Is this possible? And is it practical?

    Or should I just buy the new Mini Snow Leopard Server!
    (REFURBISHED Mini Server $1,045.00 or NEW Mini Server $1,200.00)

    It will not cost me anything but time to do the partition.

    The Mini's spec's are:
    Mac OS X 10.5.8
    2.0GHz (P7350) Intel Core 2 Duo processor
    2.5 " WD Scorpio Black 500GB 7200RPM 16MB cache SATA 3.0GB
    4GB (2×2GB) 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M using 256MB shared DDR3 SDRAM
    3MB on-chip L2 cache
    1.07GHz front side bus
  2. mdgm macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2010
    I would upgrade to Snow Leopard, put an 8GB (2x4GB) RAM upgrade in the machine, then wait for Lion. Lion Server is pretty cheap, so unless you already have a copy of Leopard Server, this would probably be the way to go.

    A 2009/2010 Mini Server isn't going to be much faster.

    If you really want to you can swap out the optical drive for another hard drive.
  3. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    go with the free idea . see how it runs.

    if it needs ram try 1 4gb stick along with your 2gb stick

    use thankspop for 10 % off . 39 minus 3.9 = 35 bucks

    what you want to do should work with your smaller mini. the 2010 server is not a big improvement.

    if you want to improve a lot buy a 2011 macbook pro 13 inch cost is close to the server and it is a lot faster.
  4. skipriverstone thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2010
    New Mini Server or Upgrade Mini 2.0GHz

    Thanks for the response.

    I'll definitely upgrade the Mini I have. To Do List:
    Snow Leopard Server
    2 X 4GB Samsung Memory Sticks

    Should I upgrade the Graphics?

    Do I need to partition the WD HD?

    I'm a first timer to running a server.

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