Using a Mac Mini in a Motorhome

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Canal Noises, May 9, 2010.

  1. Canal Noises macrumors newbie

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    I have been setting up a Mac Mini to use as a home theater PC and media server for my house. I would like to be able to have it running and watch movies from it in our motorhome while traveling, but I'm a bit concerned about the hard drive. How well would it hold up to the shocks and vibrations of the road? It's a late 2009 model, with a freshly-installed 750GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue hard drive. Any thoughts?
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    would it be turned on whilst you are driving? if so you should be slightly worried - if its turned off (or asleep) then it will be fine :)
     
  3. Canal Noises thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, the main purpose would be to keep those riding in the back entertained while driving. I was thinking of maybe building some sort of caddy that would help reduce shock and hold the computer in place.
     
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    there is already some pretty sturdy features both physical and software wise regarding vibrations, but its a great idea to put it into a caddy. either use the rubber band method so that its "hanging" off the ground - or maybe with some foam or something?
     
  5. drambuie macrumors 6502a

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    You should be okay. I looked up the specs, and your Scorpio Blue can withstand shocks up to 350Gs while operating, and 1000Gs, non-operating. Mobile drives are hardened against shock and vibration. Even dropping the Mini 3 feet onto a concrete floor wouldn't subject the drive to anything more than 100Gs of shock. Some foam padding under the Mini will help reduce higher frequency vibrations.
     
  6. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    You could try building some kind of shock mount for the mini, like they have for microphones.

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