SATA hard drive in 2010 Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by moniquetx, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. moniquetx macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    I really like the new aluminum unibody mini but I've been bashing my head for days now to figure out why Apple used a slow Toshiba 5400 RPM SATA hard drive instead of a SATA II.

    The Nvidia controller is the same one used in the new MacBook Pro and should support sppeds of up to 3 Gigabit but the hard drive only has a negotiated link speed of 1.5 Gigabit per second.

    Do you guys think that replacing with a faster hard drive would speed up the system significantly? Has anybody done it yet?
  2. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    My plan is to install an SSD in the near future, or maybe a 7200rpm drive.
  3. nicklad macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2007
    Nottingham, UK

    I've just updated mine with a 7200 rpm WD Scorpio Black 500GB and put 8GB of RAM in the machine. All working fine.
  4. lostime macrumors regular

    May 19, 2009
    it doesn't matter what Sata bus it has as long as they're still using spinning laptop hard drives. Even the faster 7200rpm drives only average 70~ish MBps which isn't even close to the 150MBps sata 1 provides. You'd have to use a SSD to outrun the sata 1 bus, or the new Seagate Momentus XT.

    putting in a 7200 drive will speed it up a little, taking out the optical drive and Raiding two drives together will speed it up a lot.
  5. i7QuadCoreMania macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2009
    this again? there already was a topic on this a little while ago.

    already stated that 5400rpm won't fill the bus, so making it sata II is pointless. I would buy an SSD if you had to have the speed or a momentus XT if you needed something cheaper more space.

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