Second drive 2018 mini?

applesed

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Hi,

In the 2014 mini I was able to upgrade the ssd drive and add a second ssd. I understand that you can not replace the existing ssd on the 2018 mini, but can you still add a second drive? I haven’t seen any posts on this anywhere, just references to the older model and guides on how to do it.
 

ktcifone

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you can get a 1TB nvme M.2 SSD drive with a usbc/USB3 cage for about $200 total.
Thats the fastest and the largest at the lowest cost.
the connectivity options with the 2018 mini is amazing.
 

F-Train

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you can get a 1TB nvme M.2 SSD drive with a usbc/USB3 cage for about $200 total.
True, but worth noting that you’ll lose a lot of the speed that the solid state drive is capable of with that configuration, which means that you’re losing much of what you just paid for.
[doublepost=1552349984][/doublepost]Hi @applesed,

If you want to investigate using a fast external drive, you may find this thread useful: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/samsung-t5-x5-equivalents.2167739/
 

Fishrrman

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The only way to "add a second drive" to a 2018 Mini is to plug in an external one.

And that's all I've got to say about that!
 

paulCC

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The fastest, most reliable solution is a TB3 Samsung X5 external. You won't be disappointed.
Hello - I am considering the Samsung X5 as a full time external drive to an 2018 Mac mini. Would you happen to know how reliable is the Thunderbolt connection with regards to sleep mode ? I mean go to and waking up from sleep....

Thanks for any info. Paul.
 

Fishrrman

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Unless you have a definite "use case" that requires the speed (and higher cost) of the X5, you'd probably do just as well to do either of the following:
1. Buy a t5 instead and run at USB3.1 gen 1 speed
or
2. Buy an nvme blade drive, and a USB3.1 gen 2 enclosure, and get about 900mbps.
 
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