transporting late 2012 mac mini daily...bad idea??

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by dapitts08, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. dapitts08 macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2009
    so i have a late 2012 mac mini that i use to do graphic design work. up until now i worked from home but have recently joined a co-working space. i will be commuting 45 minutes daily between brooklyn and harlem on the train.

    outside of damage from dropping, is there any reason why transporting my mac mini daily would be a bad idea? is there anything internally that could be damaged from the constant movement. i will likely carry it in a backpack.

    also could there be an issue with the constant shutdowns as up until now i pretty much leave it on all the time?

    fyi - i upgraded the harddrive to an ssd if that makes any difference

    i have a macbook pro (2011 i think) that i could use instead if necessary but i would have to upgrade the internal with an ssd or my head would explode lol since now i am so use to the speed. I would prefer not to go that route but would in order to avoid damage to the mac mini.

    thanks in advance.
  2. COrocket macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012
    Personally it seems like a hassle to shutdown the computer then unplug everything to take it with you. But I've transported a mac mini in my backpack when I moved, without issue. Overall the computer is very similar to Macbooks in construction and hardware specs. Having an SSD doesn't really make a difference in portability. So its possible, its a matter of whether you want to do it on a daily basis.
  3. dapitts08 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2009
    yeah not really worried about the logistics of it as i'm a "make it happen" kind of person so although it maybe slightly annoying unplugging wires everyday, the big picture of being a part of the co-working space would outweigh it.

    my main concern is whether i could be causing damage to the internal components of the mac mini due to the constant movement.
  4. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    It should be fine. The SSD puts to rest any potential issues RE the drive (though I doubt you'd have problems anyway -- it would be shut down so there'd be no issues with the head and spinning platters).

    You'll want it in a well padded spot in your backpack, but that's no different than a laptop... other than it might be a little harder to find an appropriate case (but they exist).

    Shutdowns and startups several times a day will have no effect on anything.
  5. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    You could always lock it down.
  6. dapitts08 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2009
    it isn't a security issue. i need to use it at home too. thnx though.


    thanks! all of this is what i was hoping lol but wasn't sure.
  7. Schnort macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2013
    You should try to be as gentle as you can when plugging/unplugging the connectors, though.

    They can be specced for as little as 1000 plug/unplug events. It usually isn't an issue unless you're doing what you're doing.
  8. djc6 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    Its like brining a laptop back and forth to work, except there is no battery so you have to shutdown every time you move it.

    It has the same HDD as a laptop would, and I don't see how the connectors are any different than plugging video/keyboard/mouse/network into a laptop every day.
  9. ocabj macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2009
    I've actually been carrying a Mac Mini between home and work every weekday since April of this year, instead of a laptop. I've had no issues with regards to durability. Obviously, just don't drop it in transport and you're fine. I carry the Mini in a Tenba Messenger Mini that I've had for a couple years now.

    My Mac Mini has the OWC data doubler adapter and I run SSD with the factory OEM platter drive.
  10. QWERTYMac7 macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2012
    I occasionally transport my Mini - bought a 15' cord from Amazon for $7.00ish and keep it in the computer case. Also have a 16" USB monitor as well (I leave the dual 24" monitors on my desktop). Works great. Easy.
  11. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
    The Mac Mini is essentially a laptop without a screen or battery. So it's a bit more durable than moving a laptop around, and a laptop is designed to be moved around. Since you upgraded to an SSD, the only moving part is the cooling fan.

    The downside is that you can't use it while it's being moved around. :)
  12. fredr500 macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2007
    Maybe this needs its own thread, and maybe I should just shut up because this is a crazy idea, but...

    I always have my iPhone, iPad mini and now iPad Air (it's a work thing, don't ask). In a pinch, if I also had a Mac mini, could I use the iPhone for a trackpad, iPad mini for keyboard, and iPad Air for a display?
  13. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
  14. tobeornottobe macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2013
  15. fredr500 macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2007
    Well that clears it up.
  16. fredr500 macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2007
  17. Macneck macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2012
    That sounds like the only real problem for moving your mini on a daily basis. Also an SSD, better than a HD... And daily backups! Other than that I don't see what could go wrong
  18. dapitts08 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2009
    thanks everyone for your input.

    i feel much better lol :)

    hadn't thought about the plug issue but definitely good to know.

    the past few days i have been transporting it with the plug attached lol
  19. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    Be careful with that, as you can strain the solder connections on the board very easily that way.

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