Upgrade 2009 mini to SSD drive

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by lamerica80, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. lamerica80 macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2008
    I have an old 2009 mac mini that im going to use mainly for garage band and music production.

    Im toying with the idea to upgrade the drive to a SSD to make it a bit snappier.

    I have three questions if someone could help:

    1. Is it possible to put a SSD in a 2009 mini?
    2. Can anyone reccomend any of the cheaper 256 GB models that would fit?
    3. Will I se a noticable increase in snappiness that would justify the expense?

    I also plan on upgrading the ram from 4 gb to 8 gb since the box (and my wallet) is open anyway.
  2. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    I have a 2009 and upgraded it from 2 to 4Gb and from 5400rpm 160Gb to a 7200RPM Scorpio Black, a way better deal IMO as it is only 70 bucks and still allows a lot of storage. A world of difference, and booting outperforms my 2011 Mini (until I have the SSD mounting kit for that).
    But an SSD is perfectly possible as well. It has Sata 3Gb/s, so you don't need a Samsung 840 Pro for it.
    Do all the Garage band files fit on the 256Gb?
    You can also consider a Samsung Momentus XT, that drive is a hybrid, like a Fusion Drive: 8Gb flash for most used OS and App files and 750Gb 7200RPM for storage. Gets good reviews, and just a few bucks more expensive than the Scorpio.
  3. WharfRat1971 macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2013
  4. lamerica80 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2008
    ok! I actually allready have a 7200 drive in it from a previous upgrade, so maybe ill just upgrade the RAM to 8 GB instead of as of now 4 GB..
  5. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    1. Almost certainly. A site like http://www.ifixit.com/Device/Mac_Mini will show you how.

    I put an SSD in my 2009 MacBook, which has similar technology, and it makes a huge difference. I got a cheap 240Gb OCZ SSD. There are probably better options and deals to be had now.
  6. Giuly macrumors 68040



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