Using Mac Mini as Thunderbolt External HDD?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Ahheck01, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. Ahheck01 macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2006
    Is it possible to buy a Mac Mini with 750gb 7200rpm drive for $750 and use that as a "cost effective" 750gb Thunderbolt external hard drive in target mode?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Yes, but that will consume more power than a simple external HDD and as that is a 2.5" HDD, albeit with 7200 RPM, the speed gain is not really that much compared to Firewire 800.
    Firewire 800 offers up to 75 MB/s read and write speeds, the 2.5" HDD will offer 100 MB/s. While that is 25 MB/s faster, is it really needed?

    Wouldn't it be cheaper to get the Sonnet ExpressCard adapter with Thunderbolt and get an eSATA ExpressCard and get an external HDD enclosure/dock with eSATA port and the HDD itself?
  3. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
  4. Ahheck01 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2006

Share This Page