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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill
how are those Iomega minimax HD that look like the mini ?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:10 pm    Post subject: Iomega mini Max Reply with quote

I don't know other than they are now expensive.
Their was a period of time when they may have
been considered a reasonable value. Understand
I'm only familiar with the pricing from Iomega's
web site. If I remember correctly, the only complaints
were concerning its USB Hub. I do like the way they
look. If you find one that has a price you find
acceptable and the Hub may be secondary then
give it a go. The Instruction Book should be Downloadable
from Iomega's web site. Down load a copy and
read about how the USB Hub works.

Then decide.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill i had one other question about getting a bigger HD

My mini is about 5 years old it's
Version 10.5.8
2.6 Ghz Core Duo
1 Gig memory 667mhz DDR2 SDRAM

120 Gig HD
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I see the new Mini is $599 and has a 500Gig HD do you think i should just upgrade ?

If not will the spec you gave me on the Hitachi HD work on an older Mini ?

Thanks again for all your help
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:15 pm    Post subject: Old mini New mini, when to Upgarde Reply with quote

Rockysv wrote:
Bill i had one other question about getting a bigger HD
My mini is about 5 years old it's
Version 10.5.8
2.6 Ghz Core Duo
1 Gig memory 667mhz DDR2 SDRAM
120 Gig HD
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
I see the new Mini is $599 and has a 500Gig HD do you think i should just upgrade ?
If not will the spec you gave me on the Hitachi HD work on an older Mini ?
Thanks again for all your help

The newer mini's HD is I think 5400RPM.
Sooner or later (probably sooner) you'll
want to replace it with a 7200RPM HD.
The point I'm trying to make is, even a
new mini can need upgrading.

As far as when to replace your current mini,
thats when it no longer serves you well. If
the way you use your mini today doesn't tax
it much, then keep it. I see you can increase
your RAM, that may benefit you. You could
probably replace your HD with a much bigger
and faster model that could be useable in a
new mini in the future, since you may need to
replace a new mini's HD. That would serve you
NOW and in the FUTURE.

You might stick with OSX 10.5 since it doesn't
require as many resources as 10.6 or 10.7.
Their really isn't much different in the way
these three OS's fundamentally operate.

What it really boils down to is "Don't fix it
if it ain't broke". If you want / need to fix
something then I would only upgrade parts
of your current mini if they may serve your
new mini.

The other way to look at it is, if you are going
to buy a 500GB HD and don't care about the
speed then instead of spending something like
$100 on a HD for the current mini, apply that
$100 toward the new $599 mini affectively making
it $499.

What you do ultimately will depend on your wants
and your needs........and maybe your pocketbook.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks
and the one question i forgot to ask -

does anyone make a larger HD say 250-500 --7200rpm that could replace the 120 thats in there now -?
i don't think i would out grow even a 250 -- since i've only used 50 gig so far in 6 years

and my Mini does everything i need -- and i should upgrade the 1G ram

Bill thanks again
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:38 am    Post subject: 7200RPM 2.5" HD Reply with quote

I think the biggest 7200RPM in a 2.5" HD is 750GB.
I'm sure that'll change because the goal post is
always moving.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would it fit in my Mini?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any HD your interested in must
be a 2 1/2 inch Disc that is no more
than 9.5mm thick for the Optical Drive
spot and 12.7mm for the HD spot.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks i'll look into that at the Apple Store
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill
one last question about HD's

is there a bigger HD that would fit inside my mini to replace the 120 G in there now--a 7200 rpm ? say 250-500G
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:25 pm    Post subject: Invisible Hand Reply with quote

Sure, I like and use the Hitachi 500GB 7200RPM.
Samsung makes the same size but 5400RPM which
gives most 7200RPM discs a run for their money.
Their are now 750GB Discs that are 7200RPM's
but I'm not up to speed on them.

The way I like to find the best deals on stuff is to
use the browser Safari with the Extension "Invisible
Hand
" installed and activated.

Simply search Amazon for what you want and Invisible
Hand will find the lowest price on the internet for the
item on the Amazon page your on.

Its not perfect but works pretty well.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 11:11 am    Post subject: Iomega HD Enclosure Reply with quote

Rockysv wrote:
Bill
how are those Iomega minimax HD that look like the mini ?

I forgot to mention, be careful with the Iomega Enclosures
with Hard Drives. They typically come with 5400RPM Discs.
I can't stress enough.......you want 7200RPM, not 5400!!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill thanks -- but it looks like i won't be doing anything to my Mini

But i have a related question--

can you transfer files to a PC from a Mac ?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:53 am    Post subject: Windows and Mac files Reply with quote

Sure, any file that has an industry standard
for example, pdf and is supported on either
(both) platforms will (should) be readable.

Transfer your files in a maner thats easiest
for you. I have used a USB Thumb Drive.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks
i have a PC -- that my brother gave me - and i'll see if i can move stuff out of my HD to store in that to free up the space i'm looking for-- then i might try to mod the Mini
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