What is the max HD size possible in a mid-2010 Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by alexreich, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. alexreich macrumors 6502a

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    The title pretty much states all. I would like to get 1TB (or even a 2TB) HD in my mini, but before buying, I want to know the absolute maximum size HD.

    I would also like to know if it's possible to remove the SuperDrive and replace it with another HD? I know I should have just bought a Mac Mini server, but at the time I didn't know what exactly I was using the computer for, and didn't have the money for a Server.

    **If someone could tell me what Apple charges for a maximum HD upgrade that'd be great! But if it's too high, I'll do it myself.

    Thanks for any help.
    -Alex :apple:
     
  2. hitekalex macrumors 68000

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    1TB hard drives are now possible, since Samsung announced 9.5mm 1TB drives few days ago. So you can go up to 1TB in a regular Mini, and up to 2TB in a server.

    AFAIK, Apple won't upgrade hard drives in Mini.. You have to do it yourself or by a 3rd party.
     
  3. alexreich thread starter macrumors 6502a

    alexreich

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    Yes!

    Could you send me a link to that hard drive? That would be fantastic!
     
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  5. hitekalex macrumors 68000

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    Samsung 9.5mm drive isn't on sale yet - it just got announced this week. Hopefully shouldn't be long.


    These are all 12.5mm drives - they do not fit Mini. You need 9.5mm drive.
     
  6. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    If the new model has TB, it could theoretically hold a :censored:load of data.
     
  7. evilcat macrumors member

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  8. Seydlitz macrumors member

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    Is there a reason not to go with a NAS? It would be more flexible and in general more useful (can be used by every device you own). And depending on the setup arguably it's safer. Price wise I would bet that a lowly synology 1 or 2 drive nas with a good desktop drive would be close and certainly hold more storage (simply because it uses 3.5" drives)

    It helps if you sketch the use case before we can give advice :)
     
  9. hitekalex macrumors 68000

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    If he doesn't need more than 1TB of space - going with internal storage makes perfect sense. Why complicate things with NAS, which will ultimately be slower than internal SATA drives?

    Certainly Mini itself can serve as NAS to other devices as well.
     

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