What HDD?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Uplift, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. Uplift macrumors 6502

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    What HDDs can i use in a Mac Mini? any at all?

    I'm after something fast, reliable and lots of space (1TB min)... any suggestions?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    2.5" S-ATA HDDs with a maximum height of 9.5mm.
     
  3. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    I think the 9.5mm limit is only if doing two drives, if you are replacing the original drive you should be able to get away with a taller one if you want something like the WDC 2GB drive.
     
  4. blanka macrumors 68000

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    Fast options are (all 9.5mm)
    Seagate Momentus XT (8Gb SSD with 1TB HD in hybrid package)
    HGST Travelstar 2.5-Inch 1TB 7200RPM
    Or just a little smaller, but cheap and a proven one: WD Scorpio Black 750Gb.
     
  5. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Seagate Momentus XT. Stay away from WD. Almost every major company I worked at or been to says WD drives have the highest failure rate.
     
  6. 2ndchancephones macrumors regular

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    I've always had good luck with WD?
     
  7. opinio macrumors 65816

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    I've tried a single 12.5 mm drive once and could not do it, because I read somewhere you could. Perhaps if you make mods on the caddy. I think from memory the problem was the wifi grill fitting properly and the sata ribbon did not sit well on the logic board. Otherwise I would suggest sticking to 9.5 or 7 mm 2.5" drives.
     
  8. cube macrumors G5

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    The biggest Momentus XT is 750GB. This is the second generation.

    The 1TB drive is newer and called "Laptop SSHD". This spins only at 5400 RPM.
     

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