14995 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 17, 2009 6:58 PM by Merged Content 1
Yes, I just purchased a C2D mini to replace my G4 Mini. I immediately upgraded to 4G memory and 128G SSD (G, Skill). The result is fantastic, even running Office 2004 (Only takes 2 bounces). The boot up time is less than 20 seconds and shut-off is less tan 4 seconds.
It's compatible as SATA drives have the same connector. Just need to erase and partition via DiskUtility first.
I decided to use TimeMachine to restore my G4's set up - not even a Hiccup. I was very surprised that I can even do that (was giving that a try since I am not going to loose anything) over 30+G of dada/application took 40 minutes and voila!
Only thing is - the actual upgrade took me 2 hours to do so since I tried to be extremely careful.
I love this new Mac Mini C2D - oh, one more thing - I placed a laptop cooling fan under the Mac Mini C2D.
C2D runs much hotter (literally) than G4 Mini even with SSD drive.
Just wonder how C2D runs with 7200 HHD.
that is good to know...
I actually went the 7200 hd route...it works great and far cheaper currently.
i put a 320 gig hitachi 7200k in...and 4 gig memory.
for me the memory made the biggest difference but the hard drive is a great improvement also. no issues for about 2 weeks now..no noticeable heat...just cruises right along.
Thanks for the feedback. I have been using SSD on all my laptops (SLC- for PCs and MLC - for Macs) and I am really spoiled by them.
Just one more question: I still have my G4 Mini, I know it has IDE/PATA 2.5" drive. Most of the speed demon SSDs are SATA. Just wonder if anyone have tried Transcend IDE 64G SSD - I know Transcend has bad reputation for being slow. But $131 for 64G SSD can be attractive to me if it can beat 4200 RPM drive currently within the Mac Mini G4..
how much faster do you find it? on opening programmes and startup time and everything?
i have a pair of 1.5Tb external drives linked by a belkin firewire hub so i dont need all the internal space. i was thinking of adding a 32gb solid state drive, in the hope that the mini would boot up faster and load programmes faster
will this be the case?
The boot up time - from the time of "power button" - 20 seconds
shut off - 4 seconds
Safari - 2.5 seconds (with stop watch)
Firefox - 5 seconds
Word 2004 (Rosetta) - 4.5 seconds
iTune - I use network storage for my music 7 seconds
Page 2008 - less than 4 seconds
I have 39G of applications and Pararrell 4.0 (XP) on it.
I do not think 32G (after format/partition will be 29-30G) is big enough for me.
I have xBench number, but I won't rely on those number.
So far, the SSD (even MLC) is pretty amazing for me - speedy, no heat and no noise.
Only downfall - price - although they have been dropping.
I just found out 64G SSD is about 120-140 or so.