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Internal HD or External HD upgrade?
Old 14th October 2013
  #1
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Internal HD or External HD upgrade?

Hello guys,

I'm currently running a mac mini late 2012 spec with 5400rpm internal HD drive.

Since I'm not satisfied with the performance, I'm planning to upgrade to better HD.

I'm debating between
7200 rpm Segate momentum XT 750GB hybrid internal drive
or
2TB external WD HD with USB 3 connection.

Of course, I know SSD is the best option here but I don't really want to spend so much on SSD just yet nor do the dual drive option. (Just want it simple

So which option is good for HD upgrade? internal or external?

I would really appreciate your help guys

Thanks!
Old 14th October 2013
  #2
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Originally Posted by idmmer417 View Post
Hello guys,

I'm currently running a mac mini late 2012 spec with 5400rpm internal HD drive.

Since I'm not satisfied with the performance, I'm planning to upgrade to better HD.

I'm debating between
7200 rpm Segate momentum XT 750GB hybrid internal drive
or
2TB external WD HD with USB 3 connection.

Of course, I know SSD is the best option here but I don't really want to spend so much on SSD just yet nor do the dual drive option. (Just want it simple

So which option is good for HD upgrade? internal or external?

I would really appreciate your help guys

Thanks!
Internal 7200rpm makes a good difference, external won't help much.

SSD really aren't that much anymore and would make a significant difference in nearly every aspect. Just check eBay or tigerdirect and see that many affordable options now
Old 14th October 2013
  #3
Unless you are recording in very loud environments, I would move to an internal boot drive SSD. It makes everything much faster.
Old 14th October 2013
  #4
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Might be being a bit cautious here but i would check if putting a 7200rpm in that particular model is not going to cause any extra heat problems.
Is it available stock with 7200rpm?
Old 14th October 2013
  #5
Gear Maniac
 

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Originally Posted by Macky View Post
Might be being a bit cautious here but i would check if putting a 7200rpm in that particular model is not going to cause any extra heat problems.
Is it available stock with 7200rpm?
Hey thanks for the input guys!

This is the seagate internal HD that I've been looking at.
Fast Laptop SSHD: Thin HDD 1TB Hybrid SSD | Seagate

It's a hybrid drive (ssd+HD) however, I'm not sure if this will cause any heat problem with mac mini. Anyone has experience using this hybrid drive?

Although I see that SSD's price is going down, I can't justify over 200 dollar price on 250gb space. I need at least over 500gb and that'll cost me if I want to go SSD route.
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