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Mac Mini 4.1 (mid 2010) with external drives

 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:25 am    Post subject: Mac Mini 4.1 (mid 2010) with external drives Reply with quote

I use my Mini as a file server with three external drives. I had been using a very old mini modified with eSATA ports, but it died. I have an older 2010 Mini (4.1) and thought I could mount thunderbolt to it, but cannot. I was going to connect my external drives with USB3. Any ideas for best way to connect 3 4TB externals to a 2010 Mini? Seems like only option is 2 USB2 and 1 Firewire. Daisy chain FW800 bogs down
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your best bet is FW800. It does not use system resources the same way USB does and will be the fastest available.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But won't FW800 be a problem daisy chaining 3 drives to one port. Limited bandwidth. I thought FW800 for one and USB for the other 2?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try it, but bandwidth-wise FW800 will likely be much faster, even daisy chained than USB2
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