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Mac Mini 4,1 (mid 2010) Superdrive Upgrade

 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:08 am    Post subject: Mac Mini 4,1 (mid 2010) Superdrive Upgrade Reply with quote

Unique situation:

I don't need blu-ray but what I really need is a much faster read/write speed from the Superdrive. To my dismay, when I recently got a Mac Mini 4,1 I've noted the superdrive seems really slow compared to my 2009 Macbook.

I ran AHT on the system last nite (long diagnostics) and it found nothing wrong with the hardware. Yesterday I upgraded to an internal 6G SSD and 16gb of ram. I realize that has no bearing up the cd/dvd drive, but the superdrive feels like a bottleneck.

So... my questions:

1) If this sounds like a hardware issue, what tests can I do on the superdrive to suss out what the issue is?

2) If upgrading is the best way to go, whats the fastest replacement I can get for the superdrive? Are the macbook superdrives faster? Is that a worthy option? I think they are slightly thinner but fit just fine. So far I've checked around and haven't seen anything faster than 8x.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

honestly you used a 6 gig SSD and you feel like the computers cd is a bottle neck did you think that your 6 gig ssd might be to blame the os requires 5.4 gig's alone 6 gig's would leave you less then 500 megs free not enough really to make your machine fast...
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

macmanmacman wrote:
honestly you used a 6 gig SSD and you feel like the computers cd is a bottle neck did you think that your 6 gig ssd might be to blame the os requires 5.4 gig's alone 6 gig's would leave you less then 500 megs free not enough really to make your machine fast...

Come on now, I think it's pretty safe to assume the OP is referring to "sata 6gb/s"
To the OP, now would be a good time to chime in here and back me up.Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hahhaa... a 6gig SSD! You guys are cracking me up. Aye indeed JB, thats the sata 6G SSD. I just got it from OWC and now the Mini is nicely snappy - mostly. The optical drive is on its way out for sure. I took me close to 6 hours just to get Logic Studio installed. Shocked

If I'm correct, I think the original optical drives that came with the 2010 Mini had an 8x read/write speed. The replacements I've been looking at are something like 8x/24x respectively. Which would be great improvement.

After reading around a bit (on this site) I think I'm going to go for a 9.5mm laptop CD/DVD in preparation for doing the 2011-2013 logic board swap on this thread: http://www.123macmini.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=29930

I'm waiting to see what the 2014 Mini looks like before I pull the trigger and do that mod. After getting into the Mini this weekend I think it will be fairly easy. What would be really worthwhile would be if they released a 2.7 or 3.0ghz quad core i7... Idea

So any specific optical drive suggestions/recommendations? The recommended optical drive replacements in that thread above are a few years old now. It would be great to get something really fast.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

honestly if the super drive is going out and you want to replace it the external macbook air super drive works a treat on the 2010 2011 and 2012 mini's no issues and its all usb powered
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