SSD for Mac Mini PowerPC

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by giambattista, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. giambattista macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I have a Mac Mini PowerPC G4, 1.4GHz, and I would like to replace the standard 80 GB hard drive with a 64 or 128 GB Solid State Drive.
    Is it possible? Or SSD is compatible with Mac Mini INTEL only? Is anyone out there using a MacMini G4 with SSD?
    Thanks.
     

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  2. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816

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    not possibly i'm afraid, ssds are Sata and the old G4 uses at best PATA? or IDE, it wouldnt work.
    why not save the money for the SSD and update your machine to something a little newer?
     
  3. giambattista thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Because all my software is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger, hence I can't use Mac OSX 10.5 Leopard. I don't have time for learning how to use new software, and money to buy. Thanks for your reply.
     
  4. 300D macrumors 65816

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    Thats not a reason, your software works with leopard. Only OS specific software like utilities will need an update.

    http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=ss...&_sticky=1&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_sop=15&_sc=1
    An SSD is a drive, it doesn't care what software the computer is running or what the CPU is.
     
  5. giambattista thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So I can purchase a PATA IDE SSD for my Mac Mini G4 and have no compatibility issues? ...
     

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  7. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    None.

    The only issue that you will run into is speed.

    Since most SSDs are rated at 250 MB/s and your mini only has a 100 MB/s connection, you wont see everything you can from a SSD.

    no doubt it will speed it up, but if you start spending $200+ on a SSD... its not going to fix everything. the G4 processor still comes into play.
     
  8. 300D macrumors 65816

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    An SSD makes a huge difference on old computers, especially when coming from a 4200rpm laptop drive. You'd notice a significant performance boost even if you put one on an old 68K with 10MB/s SCSI.

    There is far more to an SSD than MB/s throughput, the 0.1ms seek time is the main benefit (Compare to the mini's seek time of 12.0ms).
     
  9. mac88 macrumors 6502

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    The drive might not be able to run at it's full potential, but the jump in overall speed for your machine will be great. Let us know what you do. Good luck! :D
     
  10. California macrumors 68040

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    PATA SSD is a really good idea on the old mac mini's. I pumped up my PPC 1.5ghz silent upgrade mac mini back in the day with full one gig ram and a 100 gig 7200 hard drive and it ran Leopard okay.


    Make sure disable dashboard and you have the full one gig stick of ram in there, too.
     
  11. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

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    PATA - also called IDE or EIDE - probably heard of that right ?
     

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