Newer shaped mac mini external hard drive?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by byke, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. byke macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2007
    LDN. UK
    Lacie and a few other brands used to make external additional hard drives for the old mac mini which were boxed in similar shapes to the mini and allowed them to be stacked.

    Any idea if any company is doing anything similar now the shape has changed?

  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    No there are none. The new machine shows apple's intent to sell streaming data from "the cloud" . Thus it is not suited for stacking. The top and the bottom are not flat as part of a stand alone no stack concept. Since the design is selling well any stacking pieces are very unlikely to show up.

    two of these side by side look okay under a mini.
  3. Huubster macrumors regular


    Mar 1, 2010
    I strongly disagree with this analysis. Apple's strategy is not a law. If a third party thinks they can make some bucks by releasing something stackable they will. Apart from that, the Mini is still very often used in a server setup and there is a market for stackable peripherals there. It's only a matter of time because there is certainly demand for it.

    It's true that stacking is not straight forward with this form factor, but with some cleverly designed "feet" it's certainly possible. Feet which had also been designed by 3d parties to make the previous generation better stackable btw...

    An informative thread here:
  4. frankencat macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2010
    I highly recommend the Seagate FreeAgent external drives. Very cool looking and they stack on top of the mini very nicely. I have 2 of the 1.5TB drives.
  5. philipma1957, Jan 3, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2011

    philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey

    while you may disagree with me right now it is over 6 months since the 2010 (june 2010) mini came out and nothing exists for direct stacking.

    this will work the mini can go above or below with many assorted externals
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    this is interesting but not exactly right you could use two of these flanking it.


    put a new mini on top with two of these under it

    we need the 2011 mini to have an esata port. use it with this or this your mini will do estata speed raid5 huge boot drive of up to 8tb(maybe 12tb) with close to ssd speed.

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