Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2012 9:24 AM (in response to Benjammin277)
It MUST be:
(a) a SATA drive (NOT IDE or PATA drive)
(b) 2.5" (NOT 3.5")
(c) 9.5mm thick (NOT 12.5mm thick)
- but within those constraints, pretty much any disk space size (GB) and speed (rpm).
Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2012 9:24 AM (in response to mooblie)
so the size and speed dont matter then?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2012 9:28 AM (in response to Benjammin277)
Well the bigger the size, the bigger the cost - you choose.
And for speed (rpm) - some will say that a high speed drive (7200 rpm) runs a little hotter, and may damage your mini, or perhaps not last as long, and hence they recommend a slower speed drive (5400 rpm) which runs a little cooler - again: your choice.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2012 9:29 AM (in response to mooblie)
thanks this is really helpful, just one more quick question, how do i transfer all my stuff including OS X lion across?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2012 9:38 AM (in response to Benjammin277)
I would recommend:
(a) get an external USB case for your new drive (just a few $$/££s),
(b) put the new drive in that and connect it to your mini as an external USB drive
(c) get SuperDuper (google it)
(d) make a bootable, clone copy of your entire internal drive on the external USB one
(e) make the external USB drive your startup drive
(f) run this way for a few days to make sure the new larger external drive is OK - it will be slower (USB) but it should be OK
(g) then open your mini and swap the drives
(h) restart from your larger internal drive, and put the smaller original drive in the external case
(j) after a few more days, running off your internal larger drive, you can reformat the external drive as a useful backup external drive.