Upgrading Mac mini Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Ironglass, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. Ironglass macrumors newbie

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    Well, apparently the other day my G4 Mac Mini's hard drive spontaneously died (took it to the Apple Store to verify this) and am now looking for an upgrade.

    Because Apple's upgrade charges are so ridiculously expensive, I decided to go about doing the old fashioned way - doing it myself. Newegg's prices are much better.

    However, I've been having trouble finding one that might work. Would this hard drive work on my G4 Mac Mini?
     
  2. ziwi macrumors 65816

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    Any laptop harddrive would work. Do yourself a favor and get a nice 200GB or larger drive - can even get 7200rpm now as well in that size. Opening it is a pain, but after you do it once you become much braver for the next time...;)
     
  3. reebzor macrumors 6502a

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    Make sure it's an Ultra ATA/100, not Sata. The intel ones are Sata, PPC ones are IDE.
     
  4. Ironglass thread starter macrumors newbie

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    @reebzor
    So would the one I linked to on Newegg, the ATA-6 Notebook Hard Drive, would that work also since its ATA and not SATA? Or does it specifically need to be an Ultra ATA/100?

    @ziwi
    Thanks, but thats alright. Its my parents and they've told me they wouldn't need so much space. They were doing pretty fine with an 80GB before.
     
  5. reebzor macrumors 6502a

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  7. cMacSW macrumors regular

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    I just installed the 160GB version of that drive yesterday. For far it's working great.
     
  8. Mactagonist macrumors 6502a

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    2.5" drives are getting super cheap. I just got a 320 for my sisters MB and it was like $80. Definitely get the biggest you can. The mini is a pain to open so you wont want to do it often!
     

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