1. Michael Roselius's Avatar
    Just finished reading the latest column on the mini on iMore and am thinking of pulling the trigger.

    I'm looking to use the Mini as a home server - primarily store my photo and itunes libraries for backup and always available access.

    I don't need but the duocore i5 - but wonder about the 500gb storage. I know I could upgrade to the 1TB quad but wondering if throwing a USB3 external would be a cheaper but viable alternative? The Amazon reviews on the thunderbolt externals that are out there aren't too reassuring - and the cost difference is also a consideration.

    The external would not be warm standby storage - I would expect that live content would be stored there and accessed by users, just like the c drive.

    Thoughts?
    12-06-2013 12:02 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    On the surface, I think so, and 500GB should be sufficient storage unless you have a catalogue of digital music and super large photos.
    12-06-2013 12:50 PM
  3. Fausty82's Avatar
    Just finished reading the latest column on the mini on iMore and am thinking of pulling the trigger.

    I'm looking to use the Mini as a home server - primarily store my photo and itunes libraries for backup and always available access.

    I don't need but the duocore i5 - but wonder about the 500gb storage. I know I could upgrade to the 1TB quad but wondering if throwing a USB3 external would be a cheaper but viable alternative? The Amazon reviews on the thunderbolt externals that are out there aren't too reassuring - and the cost difference is also a consideration.

    The external would not be warm standby storage - I would expect that live content would be stored there and accessed by users, just like the c drive.

    Thoughts?
    I have a 2010 Mac Mini with a 300gb drive. I store all of my media (80+ gb of Music, 750+ gb of movies and tv shows, 45+ gb of pictures) stored on an external NAS. iTunes is configured to NOT copy the media to my iTunes library... so it just accesses the media on the NAS directly. Works flawlessly for me, and I don’t have to worry about running out of HD space on my Mini.

    I tried the external USB drive on the Mini, but drive would go to sleep and it would take up to 90 seconds to 3 minutes to reattach and make my media available. The NAS solution was the perfect answer for me.
    12-06-2013 01:22 PM
  4. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I have a 3 TB eSata drive attached to my Mac mini that I use almost exactly like you are suggesting. All my music, TV, and movies reside on the external and I leave iTunes always running to serve up stuff via Home Sharing to my two Apple TVs and my kids' iPad minis. It seems completely capable and I don't have any issues with it. I just remote in when I need to do something with it as I don't have a monitor or keyboard and mouse hooked up to it. I have the 2011 base model with 4GB RAM.
    12-06-2013 05:25 PM
  5. Algus's Avatar
    Upgrading the stock drive is not difficult but it does require a complete disassembly which can be nerve wracking if you've never worked with hardware. Basically though, I wouldn't look at the 500gb stock drive as a limiting factor. If you need extra storage at SATA speeds, adding an extra drive aftermarket is quite feasible.

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    12-17-2013 10:14 PM
  6. Peter Cohen's Avatar
    Also, don't forget that there are kits to convert a standard Mac mini to a dual internal drive model, similar to what Apple does with the OS X Server configuration. iFixit sells one for $30, I think.
    12-18-2013 09:07 AM

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