SSD in Mac Mini - Wow!

Discussion in 'OS: Mac OS' started by N0TZU, Nov 24, 2019.

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  1. N0TZU

    N0TZU Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I finally got around to putting an SSD into the late 2012 Mac Mini in my ham shack. Wow! - should have done it a long time ago. The good news is that by waiting I was able to get a Crucial 1 GB for just over $100.

    The only hangup was cloning the original HDD. I tried using Disk Utility to format (Erase), then clone (Restore), which should work, but I couldn't get the Restore function to accept the formatted SSD, even though it was correct for Catalina. So, I downloaded Carbon Copy Cloner free version and it worked perfectly.
     
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  2. K3DCW

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    Life's too short for mechanical hard drives. :)

    I did the same thing for a 2012 Mac Mini a few years back. Made sure that I ordered my new Mini and my wife's new iMac with SSDs. It makes a world of difference.
     
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  3. N0TZU

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    Yes and the cost is now very reasonable for non-enterprise SSD. My engineering career was in data storage so I’m familiar. I’d personally used hybrid SSD-mechanical drives because we made them, but not a full SSD until now.

    Still can’t beat the cost of rotating for the bulk of online storage (with a front end of flash), though flash is getting much closer all the time.
     
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  4. MRGRTT123

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    I haven't tried setting up an SSD into my Mac Mini, now I am tempted to do it as it seems like it is life-changing.
     
  5. KF5LJW

    KF5LJW Ham Member QRZ Page

    NOTZU not sure if you are aware of SSD disadvantage or not. If not here goes. They have a limited number of times you can read/write unlike a HDD. With that in mind you only load your Operating System. and Apps on the SDD, and never ever defrag a SSD. Store your files and app data on HDD. That way you get the best of both worlds. You get the speed on boot-up and application loading time of the SSD, and the longevity of a HDD.
     
  6. N0TZU

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    I’m very familiar as I said above. My electrical engineering career was in data storage.

    With today’s flash devices and their internal algorithms, and proper use by modern OS, there isn’t much reason to run a hybrid system.
     
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  7. K3DCW

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    Exactly. SSD technology has advanced to the point where the life of the typical high-quality SSD drive is effectively the same as the lifetime of the computer. Of course, if you go cheap on the SSD you're more likely to have issues. I have a NAS device with spinning 12TB drives, and the cost of mechanical can't be beat for that application, but for the Mac it is all SSD.
     
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  8. KF5LJW

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    I was typing my response when you fired back.
     
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  9. N2IW

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    These days, there is no reason to buy any computer that doesn't have an SSD in it, Mac or Windows PC.
     

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