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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:32 pm    Post subject: Ordering a mini but... Reply with quote

I'm getting the quad-core i7 mini but wondering which hard drive configuration to get. Thought getting the stock mini with the 5400 HD and then maybe getting a second drive later this year or next year, a SSD.

Then again, maybe it's better to get it fitted with a 256 GB SSD and just keep my work and other documents on a USB 3 external, portable drive.

Any thoughts?

I mainly work in Adobe Illustrator with some work in Photoshop so perhaps the SSD could serve as a good scratch disk.

I plan on installing the 16 GB upgrade. Amazon shows Corsair ($109) and Crucial ($89). Their specs seem the same.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Either way is good.

Also, if you get just the HDD now, when you are accustom to the mini, getting the SSD later will make it seem like a new computer! Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! I'm leaning toward the SSD--my local Apple Specialist tried to sell me on a loaded 11" MacBook Air. Boy oh boy, applications loaded quickly. But I prefer the mini--more RAM, faster CPU, etc.

I "believe" that attaching a faster external HDD via USB3 would have the same everyday speed for opening and saving files as the native 5400 HDD. I'd probably just keep a folder of current projects on the SSD and archived projects and other stuff on the HDD.

I had planned on the upgrade to a 2.6 GHz processor. But it seems like more time is spent on file opening and saving on my current MacBook Pro 2.26 GHz. So disk speed could be more efficient during the work day.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Ordering a mini but... Reply with quote

Carta wrote:
I'm getting the quad-core i7 mini but wondering which hard drive configuration to get. Thought getting the stock mini with the 5400 HD and then maybe getting a second drive later this year or next year, a SSD.

Then again, maybe it's better to get it fitted with a 256 GB SSD and just keep my work and other documents on a USB 3 external, portable drive.

Any thoughts?

I mainly work in Adobe Illustrator with some work in Photoshop so perhaps the SSD could serve as a good scratch disk.

I plan on installing the 16 GB upgrade. Amazon shows Corsair ($109) and Crucial ($89). Their specs seem the same.
Get what makes you happier and can afford.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:36 pm    Post subject: Ordered a mini Reply with quote

Thank you, everyone, for answering my questions and for addressing issues across the board from all users on this excellent forum.

I ordered a new mini from my local Apple Specialist. I got the 2.3 GHz with the Fusion drive. While I await its arrival, I plan to order the 16 GB upgrade.

Can't wait to feel the speed (and capacity). My Illustrator map projects will fly along. GIS data will import and process so much faster than with my 2009 13" MacBook Pro whose 160 GB hard drive is getting filled.

The only thing I'll miss about my MacBook--which goes over to my wife--is that I recently discovered I could run it in clamshell mode sitting in a $3.00 envelope/letter sorter from WalMart. I did this to get used to more deskspace in prep for the mini.

Thanks again, everyone.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Ordered a mini Reply with quote

Carta wrote:
Thank you, everyone, for answering my questions and for addressing issues across the board from all users on this excellent forum.

I ordered a new mini from my local Apple Specialist. I got the 2.3 GHz with the Fusion drive. While I await its arrival, I plan to order the 16 GB upgrade.

Can't wait to feel the speed (and capacity). My Illustrator map projects will fly along. GIS data will import and process so much faster than with my 2009 13" MacBook Pro whose 160 GB hard drive is getting filled.

The only thing I'll miss about my MacBook--which goes over to my wife--is that I recently discovered I could run it in clamshell mode sitting in a $3.00 envelope/letter sorter from WalMart. I did this to get used to more deskspace in prep for the mini.

Thanks again, everyone.
Good Luck and I hope you enjoy it immensely.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anticipating arrival of the mini any day now, I've got a question.

I just started running my MacBook Pro in clamshell mode. It opened up some much-needed desk space. So in the same vein, can I run the mini vertically? If so, what's the best orientation for making sure it gets proper ventilation? And I assume the Fusion drive (at least HDD part of it) can run vertically or at a mostly vertical orientation).

If anyone is running their mini vertically, can you suggest a DIY mini stand?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's some food for thought, if you're thinking of DIY:

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/mac-mini/accessories
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mooblie wrote:
Here's some food for thought, if you're thinking of DIY:

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/mac-mini/accessories



I own this stand it is pretty good.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Ordering a mini but... Reply with quote

Carta wrote:
I'm getting the quad-core i7 mini but wondering which hard drive configuration to get. Thought getting the stock mini with the 5400 HD and then maybe getting a second drive later this year or next year, a SSD.

Then again, maybe it's better to get it fitted with a 256 GB SSD and just keep my work and other documents on a USB 3 external, portable drive.

Any thoughts?

I mainly work in Adobe Illustrator with some work in Photoshop so perhaps the SSD could serve as a good scratch disk.

I plan on installing the 16 GB upgrade. Amazon shows Corsair ($109) and Crucial ($89). Their specs seem the same.
Go for the SSD and you are done with it.If financially you cannot to get this get an external hard drive.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Ordering a mini but... Reply with quote

@Marv777

Carta already ordered the mini with the Fusion drive. You knew that and posted this...
"Good Luck and I hope you enjoy it immensely.".

Now you're advising Carta to order the SSD.
"Go for the SSD and you are done with it.If financially you cannot to get this get an external hard drive."

You wonder why EZ comes down hard on you due to the quality of your posts.
Rolling Eyes

Your post count is getting up there "Senior Member". With that comes a bit of responsibility. Expect to take some heat, if your posts are sub-par.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do senior members get to have senior moments? Wink

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smithcraft wrote:
Do senior members get to have senior moments? Wink

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We all have our moments Wink but even Junior members can put a little bit of effort into their posts and read the thread before posting.

This forum has done a good job of remaining respectful to others, I'm sure we'll all do us best to keep it that way.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Ordering a mini but... Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
@Marv777

Carta already ordered the mini with the Fusion drive. You knew that and posted this...
"Good Luck and I hope you enjoy it immensely.".

Now you're advising Carta to order the SSD.
"Go for the SSD and you are done with it.If financially you cannot to get this get an external hard drive."

You wonder why EZ comes down hard on you due to the quality of your posts.
Rolling Eyes

Your post count is getting up there "Senior Member". With that comes a bit of responsibility. Expect to take some heat, if your posts are sub-par.
No one is perfect okay! You people are to picky with everything i post.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
Smithcraft wrote:
Do senior members get to have senior moments? Wink

SC


We all have our moments Wink but even Junior members can put a little bit of effort into their posts and read the thread before posting.

This forum has done a good job of remaining respectful to others, I'm sure we'll all do us best to keep it that way.

What about the other member whose posts are largely unintelligible and typically wrong? Or am I the only one that deals with that member?

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