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  1. #16
    Mac mini (late 2009) hard drive upgrade

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    Absolutely right. 750GB is the largest 9.5mm volume until Samsung, WD, or Toshiba make good.

    Sorry bout that.

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    Mac mini (late 2009) hard drive upgrade

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    Hows that upgrade + 1TB drive reccy's
    How did that upgrade affect your performance? Hopefully it was noticable.

    I also have a Mac Mini (late 2009 - A1283) and am contemplating an 8GB RAM + 1TB drive upgrade. Though, I'm concerned about the cost versus just getting a new mini.

    I'm planning on these components:
    2 X CORSAIR 4GB DDR3 1066 Memory for Apple Model CMSA4GX3M1A1066C7
    Newegg.com - CORSAIR 4GB DDR3 1066 Memory for Apple Model CMSA4GX3M1A1066C7

    Western Digital WD AV-25 WD10JUCT 1TB 5400 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (9.5mm height)
    Newegg.com - Western Digital WD AV-25 WD10JUCT 1TB 5400 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    I'm not happy about putting in a 5400RPM drive, since part of the reason to upgrade is that my current setup feels a bit IO bound with the HD. I was hoping a 7200 RPM drive will fix this, but the only one's I saw were 15mm height and much more expensive.

    Also, is SATA3 (3Gb/s) the max for this system?

    thx all,
    Dan

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    Mac mini (late 2009) hard drive upgrade
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    And personally, I'd get the WD Black even though it's only 750GB. It will be faster than that drive and $30 less money - plus it'll be in stock and you won't have to go hunt it down. If you are doing 24/7 video surveillance, using it as a DVR, doing multiple simultaneous video streams, the one you have linked to would probably be the better long term solution.
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    Mac mini (late 2009) hard drive upgrade

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    Thanks for the recommendations, 'bobtomay'. Good point of the pair kits! I'm going to take your advice on the 750GB over the 1TB, since I really would prefer a 7200RPM drive, though I was stuck on getting 1TB in there for some reason. ;-)

    Considering this one (it is indeed $30 cheaper):
    Western Digital Scorpio Black WD7500BPKT 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Newegg.com - Western Digital Scorpio Black WD7500BPKT 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive


    Back to OP, did the upgrade provide noticable performance boost (let's say, faster application startup, or maybe quicker encoding of videos in iMovie or iDVD)? I'm not interested in cracking this open if I won't notice a boost. :/

    Dan

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