Using an External drive for Internal?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Bosox3, Sep 30, 2017.

  1. Bosox3 macrumors regular

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    I was just wondering.... I have a chance to pick up a 2Tb WD easystore external hdd for pretty cheap..but can I crack it open and use the drive to replace my 1tb hdd that I currently have in my mid 2011 Mini?
     
  2. xylitol macrumors 6502

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    I might be wrong in this particular case, but I'm afraid WD portable drives usually have soldered USB circuit boards. Here's an example:

     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Probably not... the WD drives I have seen like that use their own, proprietary connector rather than a standard SATA connection. Now Seagate externals I have seen use a standard SATA connector and that would work.
     
  4. Bosox3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    ohh didnt know about WD's doing that.... thanks for the info
     

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