Two hard drives for Mac Mini, which ones?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Mortis360, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. Mortis360 macrumors member

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    I´m waiting for my Mac Mini to arrive, and I´m planning to put two hard drives in it. I would like 1,5 - 2TB hard drives, how thick can the drives be, and what would be compatible with two, and fit inside? :)
     
  2. CoolHotCold macrumors member

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  3. opinio macrumors 65816

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    2.5 inch 9.5mm thick max.

    I assume you are talking about HDDs not SSDs as you are talking about large capacity.

    The biggest 5400rpm 9.5mm thick 2.5" drive at 1.5TB is made by HGST.

    http://www.hgst.com/hard-drives/mobile-drives/9.5mm-mobile-hard-drives/travelstar-5K1500

    There is nothing similar or even bigger than this in a 9.5mm drive on the market.

    The biggest and fastest 7200rpm 9.5mm thick 2.5" drive at 1TB is made by HGST.

    http://www.hgst.com/hard-drives/mobile-drives/9.5mm-mobile-hard-drives/travelstar-7k1000

    2TB 15mm will not fit unless you do modifications. 12.5 may fit but not screwed into the caddy. It is risky I think. Could damage the other drive or components with the squeeze. Also the sata ribbon when connected to the 12.5 is strained. Not wise.
     
  4. QWERTYMac7 macrumors regular

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  5. blanka macrumors 68000

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    You will boot in less with a regular Scorpio Black too. No SSD part needed for that. I really love that drive: fast, silent, cheap. If you put in 2 you have 1.5TB. I have a Samsung 830 (now replaced by the 840 pro) with one WD drive for 1TB and booting in 10 seconds.
     
  6. Mortis360 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for the answers! Ive decided and ordered one 1,5TB hard drive from HGST (modelnumber: HTS541515A9E630), and gonna try that before I eventually order another one, or putting in an SSD. I´m mostly gonna use it for media storage, and mediacentre.
     
  7. opinio macrumors 65816

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  8. wwohl macrumors regular

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    Im assuming the hard drive in your mac mini is the 1TB.. Replacing that makes no sense. If you're planning to add a second drive and you don't want it to be an ssd, you're better off just getting an external drive.

    1TB 2.5 in drive will cost you ~80. A 3TB external drive connected via USB 3.0 is $120.

    Just not worth adding a second drive unless its an ssd. Just my opinion

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