RAID setup in Core Duo mac mini. Possible

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  1. eyeseeyou macrumors 68000

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    I've upgraded the hard drive on my macbook and now have an extra hard drive.

    I've heard about people removing the optical drive on their mac minis and adding a 2nd hard drive to their mac minis.

    Can anything provide a link to a tutorial on how to do this and maybe some things I need to know before even attempting something like this? Is this even possible? What are the benefits?
     
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    The optical drive in your mini has an IDE interface so you'll need an adaptor to use the SATA HD from your MacBook.

    Something like this caddy will do the job.
     
  3. eyeseeyou thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Do you have experience with this sort of setup?
     
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    Sorry, I've not used one myself.
     
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    In the thread title it says Core Duo. So presuming thats right, its an early 2006 or late 2006.

    To the OP:
    Check this out: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Installing-Mac-mini-Model-A1176-Optical-Drive/1105/1
    It shows you what you need and how to replace the optical drive in a early, late 2006, and 2007 models. If you instead of putting in an optical drive put in the caddy from the first answer with the HDD, i think it should work.
     
  7. eyeseeyou thread starter macrumors 68000

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  9. mdgm macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't want to do RAID in a mini that doesn't use SATA for connecting the optical drive. Using RAID could slow things down.
     

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