8 Replies Latest reply: Oct 21, 2009 8:32 AM by BigBen{CG}
baddabing Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
I have a Mini (2009) with a 120 GB hard drive and I want to replace with the largest drive a Mini will take. Is there a maximum hard drive size this thing will handle and if so what is it? Thanks.

MAC pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • 1. Re: Maximum hard drive for Mini
    adalos Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    HD size is pretty independent and just limited by current technology (how much HD space can be provided on a limited area of storage space). So no, there's no correlation or maximum aside from what is purchasable on the market.

    Now, if you're doing it through Apple, you're probably gonna be maxed out at 320g, but not because of a technology issue, just that's all Apple offers that I know of.
  • 2. Re: Maximum hard drive for Mini
    baddabing Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    Thanks. That's what I thought. I guess I still remember when some computers, Apple included, had a limit on the size of the hard drive it could handle.
  • 3. Re: Maximum hard drive for Mini
    Eustace Mendis Level 7 Level 7 (24,935 points)
    Would a terabyte be enough?

    http://www.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=626

    Note however, these drives are a little taller than the standard 2.5 inch drive, and may not fit inside a mini. I have never looked inside a new mini.
  • 4. Re: Maximum hard drive for Mini
    Boece Level 5 Level 5 (6,245 points)
    Or perhaps this Seagate 640 Gig 9.5mm drive, which was mentioned in the comments of that link -- though "coming soon":

    http://blog.penguintrail.com/?p=257%29
  • 5. Re: Maximum hard drive for Mini
    cinemkr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Wondering if you were successful in your HD replacement. The first responder was not necessarily correct as chipsets sometimes have a maximum HD they will recognize. (i.e. -- you may put in a 500 GB HD but the chipset only recognizes the first 128 -- a point I think we were alluding to in your response) So....

    did it work? I want to get a Mac Mini but the drive sizes are terribly small.
  • 6. Re: Maximum hard drive for Mini
    Boece Level 5 Level 5 (6,245 points)
    +I want to get a Mac Mini but the drive sizes are terribly small.+

    The easiest way to overcome that would be to use a firewire-800 external drive to store your stuff on. Firewire-800 is noticeably faster than firewire-400 or USB. Of course FW800 is only available of on the currently shipping 2009 models. Previous Minis had FW400.
  • 7. Re: Maximum hard drive for Mini
    MacStan Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I replaced my 120GB with a 500GB. Easy enough if you are semi-skilled, do your homework, are methodical and aren't squeamish. It's a 2.5 inch [notebook] drive, sata
  • 8. Re: Maximum hard drive for Mini
    BigBen{CG} Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    There was an upgrade procedure on ifixit.com, I have read on other sites where people have successfully added two 500GB drives to their Mini's. To do that the optical drive had to be removed. My point being the drive controller chipset will recognize and address a 500GB drive, and the 500GB drive will fit without issue into the comptuer.