okay took a while but I am running my 2012 with a 256gb ssd via usb3 seagate cable

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by philipma1957, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. philipma1957, Oct 29, 2012
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    philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    well for the cheapskates (I have pinched pennies myself so cheapskates is not an insult) it works very nicely . I have the seagate 20-25 usb3 cable and a 256gb samsung 830 ssd.

    my cost was silly low I grabbed the ssd on a blow out sale for 126 dollars and the cable for 20 so for 146 I have an external usb3 booter.


    price today for ssd is 190

    http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-I...=1351516263&sr=8-1&keywords=samsung+ssd+256gb

    for cable 25

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-FreeA...1351516304&sr=1-3&keywords=seagate+usb3+cable



    so no deal it is 215 and not pretty but it works well not quite as good as t-bolt but it does cost a lot less.


    now for form freaks here is the ministack empty it is 95 bucks.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer Technology/MSQKIT0GBSW/
     

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  2. Poki macrumors 6502a

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    While the MiniStack might be 95, there are other USB 3.0 HDD enclosures out there for less than 25 that look quite a bit better than this Seagate cable thing ...

    Speed is okay, though not enough to justify buying a SSD for me.
     
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  4. borostef macrumors 6502

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    Why don't you just put the SSD into the Mini? It is not that hard, and if you are not sure how to do it there is a very good tutorial on ifixit site.
    The way you are using it you can't get the speeds the SSD is capable of...
    I think it is a shame since you already have an SSD.
     
  5. tredstone macrumors regular

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    If you botch the SSD install on the Mini, don't the fans permanently spin at maximum?

    Anyways - how do these speeds compare to a thunderbolt and a regular HDD? Also, are you booting off the USB3 drive?
     
  6. Poki macrumors 6502a

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    You can easily reach those speeds with relatively cheap HDD raids, both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt, but it's faster than most single-HDD-solutions.
     
  7. philipma1957, Oct 29, 2012
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    thanks for your post. I like your concern but
    this is a service of testing for mac rumors members/

    I offer ideas on making your mini faster. USB3 is the only new thing you can do with this mini. Yeah there is Fusion and I may try to do a knock off of it,but that would most likely be not legit so I would not post it.


    I have a raid0 1tb ssd in a lacie little big disk as my real booter and the internal 1tb oem is my backup. I get killer speeds and I am quite happy with my setup



    Opening your mini which I have done to hundreds of minis for some is scary thing to do. This is a no warranty damaged way of boosting your mac.


    Also remember that whatever works here will work for an iMac. whenever a new mini comes out I post 5 or 6 posts on ways to speed your gear up.
     
  8. borostef macrumors 6502

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    If it's for testing purposes than I thank you for your input...
     
  9. cmonroe macrumors member

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    I had a Samsung 830 256GB HD in the USB 3.0 mini pro enclosure referenced in comment #3 and it screamed. Not quite as fast as internal but the numbers were better than the first post here. I wish I would have saved them, the 830 is now inside the mini along with the original drive using the OWC kit.
     
  10. tredstone macrumors regular

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    It really annoys me that this solution is so much cheaper and easier to implement than a similar Thunderbolt option (well, particularly because I have a 2011 Mini with only USB2 and TB). The Seagate adapter for TB apparently doesn't support SSDs and repeatedly cuts out, according to reviews. Apple really botched it with TB. :(
     
  11. philipma1957 thread starter macrumors 603

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    I have done extensive testing of the seagate adapter 256gb ssds and under with this cable

    http://www.macmall.com/p/product~dpno~9102188~pdp.hcifjff

    you should be fine.
     
  12. tredstone macrumors regular

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    Philip, could you provide the model # of the adapter? Want to make sure I get the right one (I see a few on amazon).
     
  13. philipma1957 thread starter macrumors 603

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    the seagate adapter for t-bolt is

    stae121

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-GoFle...7&sr=8-2&keywords=seagate+thunderbolt+adapter



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    now i see stae128

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Porta...1&sr=8-1&keywords=seagate+thunderbolt+adapter


    this is a newer model no one has tested it as it came out this month.
     

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