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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:30 am    Post subject: Booting HD, Internal or external? Reply with quote

I am looking at getting my first mac sometime in the near future. I really like the mac mini since it's total cost is alot lower than an iMac or something along that line. My question is how to get the best deal for the money so I don't get the mini and go, "this is a total waste".

I have pretty much decided to get the $599 model. It has everything I want in it. I think I will stay with the 512MB for now and see if I need a 1GB later on. My big question is related to the HD and its speed. I would like to replace it with a faster and bigger HD but the idea of cracking that case doesn't fill me with glee. I I've been reading about going with an external drive and using that one but I still have some questions as to its limitations.

1. Can you use a external HD (say a 7200 with at least 8MB cache) as a bootable drive?
2. Will it be noticeably different than the internal drive of the mini?
3. I hear everyone say and external firewire is ideal but wouldn't an external USB 2.0 drive be faster than the firewire connection on the mini?
4. What would be the limitations of going with a bootable external? Say a situation where an internal drive would be a much better choice because of transfer speeds or some other issue I'm am not aware of?

Thanks for the info. It's kind of funny that I am now looking at a mac. I have a friend that has been a mac fan for many years (prior to the power PC) and we always disagreed. I always said PC was vastly superior to Mac. I changed my tune with OS X and now with Tiger I'm seeing the PC world (i.e. Microsoft) falling farther and farther behind the times. I am still a big MS fan (for me their product just works) but when I read about Vista basicly going. "We are going to give you all this new content that has been on the Mac now for about two years." it doesn't fill me with upgrade joy by any far stretch. If Billy Boy and the Washington behemoth can't give me the new, innovated features that I want, then I'll go with a system that can. So here I am looking at moving to a mac for my second computer. Funny how things change. A testament to Jobs and Co. for their continued advancement in their product I suppose. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:43 am    Post subject: Re: Booting HD, Internal or external? Reply with quote

pc4now wrote:

1. Can you use a external HD (say a 7200 with at least 8MB cache) as a bootable drive?
2. Will it be noticeably different than the internal drive of the mini?
3. I hear everyone say and external firewire is ideal but wouldn't an external USB 2.0 drive be faster than the firewire connection on the mini?
4. What would be the limitations of going with a bootable external? Say a situation where an internal drive would be a much better choice because of transfer speeds or some other issue I'm am not aware of?


1) Yes, or so I'm told. I have one connected but have not tried to boot from it yet.

2) I expect so, yes.

3) My impression is that USB is a very chatter prone peripheral protocol and that the slight difference in speed (480Mbps vs 400Mbps) is offset by this constant chattering on a USB bus. I think the OS may also limit you to booting from an external FireWire drive but not support booting from USB. Not sure, as I'm new here too.

4) It's likely to be a win win sort of thing. I'm not aware of limitations.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:44 am    Post subject: external drive things Reply with quote

1. Yes you can
2. Faster and post on here say noticably so
3. firewire will be faster than USB
4. I saw that the external enclosure is better to be cooled with a fan.
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