Returning my Refurb Mini...Do I reinstall OS X?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by SteelBlueTJ, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. SteelBlueTJ macrumors 6502

    Apr 2, 2012
    I got my refurbished mini in the mail on Friday. I played around with it this weekend, but I think I actually prefer my Macbook Air. My mini just seems slower for some reason. It lags on just about everything. Maybe its the HDD Mini vs SSD Air I'm seeing? But anyway, I am returning it for now. I will wait and see what Apple releases with the next gen Mac Mini or maybe even get an iMac. But my main question is, should I boot into the recovery partition and reinstall OS X before shipping it back? Do I need to do any security options or just install the OS? I only installed one App and set up my email. That's all I did on it. I never returned a mac before so I not sure on what's recommended. Thanks
  2. surfnode macrumors member


    Aug 27, 2013
    United Kingdom
    Just restore it to clean install state - depends on what data you have on there ;)
  3. COrocket macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012
    The SSD is the difference maker - the mini is equivalent in all other respects.
  4. SteelBlueTJ thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 2, 2012
    Yea maybe I'll try throwing an SSD in there and see how it is. I do like everything else about it. Hopefully an SSD and a clean install will smooth things out.
  5. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    SSD is your problem. I can't use computers without an SSD as the boot drive anymore. The Mac Mini should be more powerful than your Macbook Air, but the IO is slower off the main drive.
  6. jg321 macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2012
    Agreed, it's the HDD that's causing it to feel laggy. Could never go back now.
  7. covertash macrumors member

    Dec 26, 2012
    Completely agree with everyone above.

    I played with my Mini for all of about half an hour before I swapped in an extra SSD I had, and the difference is enormous. It came pre-installed with 10.8.3, and installing the update to 10.8.5 took less than 5 minutes with a reboot.
  8. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    Not that I need to repeat what every one else has already said... But a SSD makes a HUGE difference. It's one of the single most noticeable upgrades you can do.
  9. Volkstaia macrumors regular


    Jul 5, 2012
    East Coast of the US
    It depends on if you have "suspicious" files. Other then that, if you don't have anything to hide, you'd be good.
  10. MJL macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011

    Test with an external SSD on USB 3.0 or TB. Hardly any difference in speed with an internal SSD and no risk in breaking anything.


    Would not want anyone else being able to access my email. Who knows what someone else will do with the email account.
  11. t2stone, Oct 8, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2013

    t2stone macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2013
    I agree with everyone else. I bought a SSD for a boot drive for my first computer build 4 years ago and I could never ever go back. It was just some cheap, older/slower drive even back then. I upgraded to an 840 Pro and I refuse to buy anything else for my systems now. Wow does that thing haul. My gaming Windows system (Athlon II x3) boots in 9 seconds flat. Photoshop loads in 3-4 seconds. My i7 XPS laptop feels super sluggish in comparison as it runs off a 7200 RPM disk drive (wish I could afford an Evo drive for it). I can't wait to stick one in my new Mac Mini (still waiting for the refresh...).

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