What's the largest hard drive you can put in a mini?

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  1. Whackintosh macrumors 6502

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    I notice that most people doing upgrades are going for 320 gb drives. Is that the maximum the minis can take?
     
  2. nickcliborne macrumors regular

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    The mini uses a laptop drive.

    Right now I believe the largest drive is 500gb.
     
  3. steveza macrumors 68000

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    Yeah. In the 2.5" size, 500GB 7200 RPM drives are the best available at the moment.
     
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    They out yet?
     
  5. steveza macrumors 68000

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    I saw one online yesterday - Seagate I think. I'll post a link if I can find it.

    Update: linq
     
  6. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    Try and find one to buy though....no place has them available that I saw....closest was "ships in approx 17 days"
     
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    If you take out the optical drive, it is possible to have 2TB in the Mac Mini.
     
  11. steveza macrumors 68000

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    by using a 3.5" drive?
     
  12. bstreiff macrumors regular

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    How? The most I've seen is 1TB (via ifixit's kit), but even then that was by using a 500GB in the hard drive spot and a 500GB (rather hackishly) in the optical drive spot. The same approach would work for 2TB, I guess, but 1TB 2.5" hard drives don't yet exist.

    I suppose you could then RAID0 them into 1TB, except then if either one of the drives goes, everything goes. :/
     
  13. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    By using two 1TB 2.5" SSDs. :p

    Hey, I didn't say that it would be cost effective right now... It can just be done.
     
  14. steveza macrumors 68000

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    Oh right :) . . . . so probably not then.
     
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    I think 320 is the largest you can order from the Apple store. Given how hard it is to get inside a Mini, I'd order one fully loaded instead of trying to upgrade it later.
     
  17. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Thanks for that tip. I just ordered two of them.
     
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    Rudimentary skills with a putty knife isn't too much for a lot of us. Don't be afriad! It's easy!
     
  19. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    You're just all about making things have ludicrously more storage space than they're designed to, aren't you? :D

    So what's the price for one of these terabyte SSDs?
     
  20. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Yeah, you know what they say - it's the size that matters. :D

    No, I was just being facetious. At this point, I'd only get an SSD for a notebook. But I'm sure one day we'll all think that 1 TB SSD drives are too small for any serious computer work.
     
  21. lamerica80 macrumors 6502a

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    No. That day we as consumers wont have hard drives. Everything will be online, everywhere. You will stream 1080p movies from your cellphone from your "cyberdrive" to your buddys TV.
     
  22. The Hammer macrumors regular

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    What would the benefit be of putting a 7200 rpm drive in a mini given the fact that the 9400 M integrated graphics may bottleneck the system? Sorry but I'm just trying to understand what the benefit of changing the drive would be in a system with the 9400 M.
     
  23. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Getting inside isn't the only issue. The HD temp sensor and the WIFI antennas have presented some difficulty. Several users have broken or pinched these connections. For some people, paying a service center $80 to install the RAM and disk is worth the peace of mind. I paid to have it installed even though I've taken my out of warranty 2006 MBP completely apart to change the screen. I just didn't want to mess around inside my brand new mini.

    Cheers,
     
  24. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    The 9400M isn't going to be a bottleneck for a 7200RPM drive
     
  25. OneMike macrumors 601

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    Now that I put my new ram I kinda regret not putting a bigger HD even though I put the majority of my files on my external.
     

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