Replacing the DVD drive in a Mac Mini with a second drive?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by cstromme, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. cstromme macrumors regular

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    So I suddenly have a spare Mac Mini here. It's the first of the Intel ones so it's just a Core Solo, but I figured perhaps I could turn it into a file-server with a large internal drive replacing the DVD drive.

    Has anybody done this or know of anybody that has? Does a 3.5" drive fit where the superdrive is now, or do I have to go 2.5"?

    Looking at specs I think there's a chance that the superdrive in my Mini has a P-ATA interface, so perhaps it would be better to disconnect the HDD as well and just pull the cord (or replace it with a longer one) up to where the superdrive is to connect just one 3.5" drive?
     
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  3. ADent macrumors 6502a

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    The optical drive is IDE. You need a couple of adapters to fit anything normal and you won't get even a 2.5" drive to fit afterwards.

    I have a full size 1TB SATA and full size IDE Optical hooked up to my Mac mini. Of course I had to put it in something else (a Centris 610) to hold it all (and I didn't want to tax the mini's power supply).

    http://www.123macmini.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=21029&highlight=centris+610
     

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