Using an external HD with a Mac Mini

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  1. bladerunner616 macrumors newbie

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  2. RootBeerMan macrumors 6502

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    Western Digital has a couple of really affordable lines with good quality. I've used them numerous times over the years and have had no issues with them. If you're near a Fry's Electronics store sign up for their daily ads and check them. I seem to recall they have a 5TB Seagate on sale at the moment for a good price.
     
  3. bladerunner616 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!

    Can you dig up a link, please so I can see if I can mail order it?
     
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    Frys.com


    Look under daily deals and there's a prominent sign up banner for getting further discounts.
     
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    Mac mini (Late 2014) ?

    Then you have 4 USB-3 ports

    You will find you can easy boot other mac OS from an external drive and I use one just for TM backups on my 2012 mac mini
     
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    If you want a little redundancy, I am currently running one of these in a RAID 1 configuration:

    https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MED3FR0GB/

    You can add your own drives, or pick one of the configs they sell. I have a pair of 3TB drives partitioned for all of my current needs. I still keep another drive enclosure in my safe in case of disaster.
     
  9. bladerunner616 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the input, after doing the math I just decided to buy the 1TB computer instead of a 500GB computer.

    I will still use a back up drive for security purposes.
     
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    I use a 2tb Western Digital my book for Mac. I have had it for over two years now with no problems. Its usb3 so it very fast.
     
  12. JoeInMilwaukee macrumors member

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    Keep in mind that RAM in the 2014 Mac minis is soldered in place and cannot be upgraded. So if you think you may need more than 4 GB of RAM in the future, you may want to wait until there's a refurbished one with 8 GB of RAM.
     

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