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Let's talk about the '11 models without disc drive.

593 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Mar 11, 2012 6:28 PM by Vernon Alexander RSS
morrit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 6, 2012 10:13 AM

Now that we have some time with the Mini 2011 without reading, I think a problem? I have an Samsung external reader and seems to be supported.

You have problems with restoring the system to leave it as new?

You notice an improvement rather than on video / games...a cost of losing the reader.


You can directly copy the ISO of Leopard / SLeopard / Lion on a flash drive and install directly or to do any configuration to the flash drive?



Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • LordMerovingian Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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    Mar 7, 2012 3:16 AM (in response to morrit)

    I don't understand exactly what you're asking. Are you asking about the advantages of a system restore versus default settings?


    No, you can't just copy the ISO of Leopard or Snow Leopard or Lion to a USB drive and install directly. First the drive (USB or Firewire) has to be in a GUID partition scheme and HFS formatted and then you can use Disk Utility to restore the ISO (or in some cases .dmg/.cdr/.toast etc) to the USB drive. I skipped a few more details, but that's the summary.

  • capaho Level 4 Level 4 (3,650 points)
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    Mar 7, 2012 6:03 AM (in response to morrit)

    You can use a conventional USB CD/DVD or Blu-ray drive as well as a USB flash drive with the mini.  I've booted my 2011 mini from attached USB drives.

  • Vernon Alexander Level 2 Level 2 (440 points)
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    Mar 7, 2012 12:06 PM (in response to morrit)

    I am sure you know this but just in case. 


    While booing your Mac MINI you can hold down the "option" key and you can see all the drives that the MINI can boot from including the Recovery HD, other hard drives attached via FW800 and any external CD/DVD drive with the correct install disk. 


    One of the drives is a partition on your hard drive (Recovery HD) that is set up to be used to restore your system if you have had a full system failure. This has happened to me 4 times.


    The problem is, if your boot volume has failed, (like mine did) the Recovery HD boot partition may be corrupt as well.


    There is also network recovery if you have the 2011 mac MINI server with Lion and have installed the necessary firmware update.


    That is what I am going to try. 

  • Eric. Level 6 Level 6 (12,260 points)
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    Mar 10, 2012 5:01 AM (in response to morrit)

    morrit wrote:


    I wanted to know the opinions of people about the absence of the disc drive the latest model. Many people prefer the MacMini with disc drive. Myself included.


    No huge deal, I tend use optical drives rarely these days.

    - There's Remote Disc on the MIni for optical discs; I have other Macs with optical drives

    - For booting, USB flash drives are much faster and so preferred.

    - You can always buy an external.


    I previously made disc images of software that came on optical discs. So when installing software I use the much faster HD rather than the optical drive.


    I think the only times I really "need" the optical drive is to make the above mentioned disc images or rip some music CDs. I bought an Apple external USB drive for my mini; I think I've used it once in maybe 3 months.


    If the external optical dies, I can just buy a new one -- a fast and easy replacement. I don't need to track down a compatible replacement, crack open the mini, and install it. I've done that on two MBPs. One of which was problematic at the time because it had an PATA superdrive when Apple and much of the IT world had already transitioned to SATA; a new PATA drive was a bit pricey because of that.

  • woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,690 points)
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    Mar 11, 2012 1:40 AM (in response to morrit)

    Actually happy to see the move to an external

    CD/DVD drive.  Over the years of my computer usage,

    these drives were the first thing to fail and end up

    having to get an external drive anyway, or rip apart

    a computer to replace it.


    Also, now I have the choice as to which drive I want

    and when it fails, simply unplug it and plug in a new one.

  • Vernon Alexander Level 2 Level 2 (440 points)

    The only tough decision was weather to get a Blue-Ray drive,  I ended up getting a Samsung that was on sale for $40.00.  No blue-Ray though. 



    Another great thing is the fact that DVD burners are getting faster and faster not to mention better reading and writing than the original drive that the Mac came with.


    So no, I do not miss the DVD drive AT ALL.


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