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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 4:26 am    Post subject: Is uprgrading to a 7200rpm drive possible. Reply with quote

Is uprgrading to a 7200rpm hard drive possible? Can you get a 7200rpm drive in a size that fits in the mini? Would heat be an issuse?


Thanks in advance!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.hitachigst.com/tech/techlib.nsf/products/Travelstar_7K60

Here is a nice 2.5" drive. I don't think the Travelstar would heat up enough to cause problems. Good luck!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to see some benchmarks with different speed Hard Drives.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

idave wrote:
I would like to see some benchmarks with different speed Hard Drives.


Here's the difference: http://www6.tomshardware.com/storage/20030813/mini-harddisks-05.html

I for one will be ordering an Hitichi E7K60 drive (the E model is for extended, 24x7 usage) to put in my mini, along with a gig of ram. The reviews on this drive are outstanding and, in my opinion, worth $40 or so extra dollars over a 5400 counterpart.

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=100519-1

$150 shipped free. Can't beat that with a stick.

I just sold my PB 1.5ghz 5400rpm (on eBay for more than I paid for it) because it sat closed on my desk. I'm hoping adding a 7200rpm drive to my mini will make it close to the PB.

Also, don't forget a 2.5" enclosure that has dual firewire for the drive that you take out: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-146-604&depa=0


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2005 2:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Bubba thanks!

"I for one will be ordering an Hitichi E7K60 drive (the E model is for extended, 24x7 usage) to put in my mini, along with a gig of ram. The reviews on this drive are outstanding and, in my opinion, worth $40 or so extra dollars over a 5400 counterpart."

I will look more into that drive. What speed mini do you have?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2005 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have it yet, but it should be here this month (1.42, SD, BT, AIR). I was planning on putting the stock drive in an enclosure and using it..... but then this issue came up:

http://www.123macmini.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=88

Not sure if it's an issue, but I'd like to get input from people who already have their mini's.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

4200rpm is way to slow. I think the drive more than anything holds back the mini.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

devo wrote:
4200rpm is way to slow. I think the drive more than anything holds back the mini.


Actually, the amount of RAM slows it down more than anything. If there isn't enough RAM, then the computer uses virtual memory, which is of course the hard drive. Even with a 7200 rpm HDD, using that as main memory is a lot slower than real memory.

Within 30 minutes of taking my mini out of its box, I had a 1 gig chip installed. I'll do the 7200 rpm HDD when a 100 gig model comes out and is reasonably priced.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone installed a 7200RPM drive yet. How'd the install go?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

idave wrote:
Has anyone installed a 7200RPM drive yet. How'd the install go?


IMHO it would be better to connect an external hard drive via Firewire or USB 2.0. You don't have to worry about the additional heat a 7200rpm 2.5" drive would cause. You could install Panter on the external and tell the Mac Mini to boot from it. Then use the internal for storage or backing up important data.
You can put a huge 200+ 7200rpm [even 10k rpm SATA if you feel the need for speed] into an external case for under $200 especially if you live near a Fry's Electronics or buy online.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wouldn't the speed of the Firewire 400 connection nullify the speed gain of the 7200 RPM drive?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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CUT Within 30 minutes of taking my mini out of its box, I had a 1 gig chip installed. I'll do the 7200 rpm HDD when a 100 gig model comes out and is reasonably priced.
I read somewhere else in this forum that Seagate has or comes with an 100 GB 7200 2.5' drive and the person who told us, wanted to put one in the Mini. It is not sure, if it just as stable as the Hitachi though, it has not proven itself yet! Cheaper and more secure option of course is to have it boot from an external drive. Don't know if it would slowed down by the Firewire connection though.That external drive should also be very quite (I have here a 120 GB 7200 3.5' Maxtor) which is NOT quite at all, but it might have been damaged (first 10 GB I have not in use, as it slowed down the whole drive) Embarassed
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have not heard of a Seagate internal one but Hitachi makes one. Can you link to the Seagate?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

devo wrote:
I have not heard of a Seagate internal one but Hitachi makes one. Can you link to the Seagate?


I'd Google, if to wanted to know for sure. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James T. Kirkę wrote:
devo wrote:
I have not heard of a Seagate internal one but Hitachi makes one. Can you link to the Seagate?


I'd Google, if to wanted to know for sure. Wink


Wow what a supportive answer.
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