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iFixit Intros Mac Mini Dual Hard Drive Kit
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just think the server model is the way to go if you really want dual drives. That way you have something that Apple is going to stand behind. Plus, you get the better quad-core CPU.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

saul wrote:
The 2011 mini queries the drive itself for temperature. I put a OWC SSD and it reports 128C. Asked OWC and they say don't worry as their drives don't report temps so data is false. The mini doesn't do anything with the fan so it must ignore the temp.


So it seems Apple has built the temp sensor into the drive, maybe that also explains the bespoke drive connector in the iMacs.

But I'm not sure I'd fell comfortable with OWC's suggestion to ignore the temp sensor using a drive that doesn't have one.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grasshopper wrote:
I just think the server model is the way to go if you really want dual drives. That way you have something that Apple is going to stand behind. Plus, you get the better quad-core CPU.


Provided you don't need/want the separate graphics daughter card.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:33 pm    Post subject: Re: 2011 burn out Reply with quote

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My mini overheated saturday night, fan shut down and internal temps reached over 100 degrees C. Then it wouldn't boot. It was two weeks old and had it replaced. Before it shutdown for the final time, I took screen shots.


That is a real bummer, but you can not blame a second HD since the 2011 mini is designed to handle multiple drives. There must have been some other problem that caused the mini to heat stroke.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:15 am    Post subject: Re: 2011 burn out Reply with quote

Am Yisrael Chai! wrote:
D-docs wrote:
My mini overheated saturday night, fan shut down and internal temps reached over 100 degrees C. Then it wouldn't boot. It was two weeks old and had it replaced. Before it shutdown for the final time, I took screen shots.


That is a real bummer, but you can not blame a second HD since the 2011 mini is designed to handle multiple drives. There must have been some other problem that caused the mini to heat stroke.


Mildy suspicious about the D-docs post, a bit odd. Happy to be wrong, but really not much info or clarification is passed along, so I remain a little skeptical regarding this persons first post.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:18 am    Post subject: Re: 2011 burn out Reply with quote

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Am Yisrael Chai! wrote:
D-docs wrote:
My mini overheated saturday night, fan shut down and internal temps reached over 100 degrees C. Then it wouldn't boot. It was two weeks old and had it replaced. Before it shutdown for the final time, I took screen shots.


That is a real bummer, but you can not blame a second HD since the 2011 mini is designed to handle multiple drives. There must have been some other problem that caused the mini to heat stroke.


Mildy suspicious about the D-docs post, a bit odd. Happy to be wrong, but really not much info or clarification is passed along, so I remain a little skeptical regarding this persons first post.


Well, I'm not used to being called a liar (ie mildly suspicious.. I know that's not what you said, but a valed comment none the less.). I installed an SSD drive from kingston but I hadn't installed a second HD at this point. Had the SSD running in my 2010 mini (mid model) without issues. The new mini ran hot 85+ degrees C from the first time I booted it (with stock drive). I thought that I was an airflow issue, but I was able to rule that out. I indeed had screen shots. In any case, the mini ran at those temps overnight. The fan was at max and the air venting out the back was over 110 degrees C (on average) measured with a calibrated thermistor (I'm a research scientist - engineering.. "believe that if you want, I don't care"). SMC fancontrol maxed at 100 C. I took it back to Futureshop, they cracked it open and one sniff form the tech told him that something was burnt. when turned on, the fan came on full, immediately, but it wouldn't boot.

I got a new mini and took it home, it too ran hot. Idle 65 degrees C and running plex 95 degrees C, (on average with stock drive). Peak temp was recorded at 98 degrees C. I purchased Arctic Silver 5 and replaced the thermal interface and immediatly it dropped to 45~50 degrees C at idle. Running plex it rarely peaked above 80 degrees C (pre break in temps). I'm running it through thermal cycles as per the manufacture's break in instructions. I have since re-installed the SSD and temps have remained within those ranges.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:04 pm    Post subject: Mac Mini Dual Hard Drive Kit Reply with quote

ifixit has the Mac Mini Dual Hard Drive Kit for sale today.. 13 left (as of this post).. get them while they last.
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