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Mac Mini mid 2010 (4,1) - SSD Upgrade - Only SATA/1.5Gbps

 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:39 pm    Post subject: Mac Mini mid 2010 (4,1) - SSD Upgrade - Only SATA/1.5Gbps Reply with quote

Hello,

I've upgraded my mini to a SSD Disk today but it's only working in SATA 1, it doesn't work in SATA 2, 3Gbit.
I've already tried SMC / NVRAM reset and didn't have any luck.

The SSD is a Mushkin Chronos 180GB SATA 3 (MKNSSDCR180GB).

Does anyone know how to make it working in SATA 2 mode?




Thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:57 am    Post subject: Apple Limits Link Speed Reply with quote

Apple artificially limits the internal bus speed
of its mini's to make them less competitive
with the iMac and MacPro. The MacBooks
are also artificially limited. You'll need to
purchase a 5.1 mini to get a Link Speed
of 6 Gigabits per second with a Negotiated
Link Speed of 3 Gigabits per second.

People who paid several thousand dollars
for a MacBook Pro and learned their new
SSD runs at a slower speed than expected
aren't happy about it. Few paid attention
to this but now that SSD's are more affordable
Link Speed has become important. At least on
paper, for most. I wouldn't be happy about it
either. The way I use my mini though, it wouldn't
matter.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

true quite true apple limits the bus speeds not to generate tons of heat in there products.

you might have to settle for sata 1
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is my 2010 mini with a 256GB Crucial SATA II SSD running at 3 Gigabit speed so yours should be able to do the same.

It looks like you have artificially enabled TRIM Support since OSX doesn't support it natively. Everything else looks the same so I don't know if that could be the issue.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a hardware compatibility issue. In some Macs SATA III SSDs will run at SATA I speeds. Get yourself a SATA II SSD or put up with the SATA I speeds. Even at SATA I speeds it's still going to be much faster than any mechanical hard drive.
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