SATA hard drive in 2010 Mac Mini

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

  1. moniquetx macrumors member

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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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