Which Mac Mini hard disk?

in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Hi, i'm about to buy a mac mini as an upgrade to my iMac G5 and want to upgrade the hard disk in it as soon as i get it. I'd like to get a slightly quicker 7200 rpm disk to speed things up but don't know exactly which size it is.

I know it's a 2.5inch sata drive but the site i buy my parts from have a number of 2.5inch drives and i don't know which one i need.

If you take a look at the link below you'll see they stock 2.5" x 1/8H, 2.5" and 2.5" x 1/6H drives but i don't know if i need just the 2.5" or one of the others.

If any of you guys could help me out i'd really appreciate it.




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    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,224moderator
    The 1/8H ones will be fine. The 1/6H being shorter should be ok too as they are smaller. I've seen the 1/8H models used as upgrades to the Mini. The Hitachi Travelstars were quite popular. If you pick one from this list, you will be ok:


    If it's performance you want over storage, consider SSD too. You can get a 128GB SSD for £277:


    It doesn't seem like great value vs the hard drive given that you can get twice the space for half the price but there are no moving parts and the performance comes close to double that of a standard drive. A G5 tower with a 7200 rpm gets about 40MB/s, SSD gets about 80MB/s.

    Concerning the size of that one, I'd probably take the drive out the Mini and measure it exactly to see what you need. Servicing the Mini is quite an ordeal so you should open it first to see if you will be ok doing it yourself before ordering.

    Here's a Mini with an SSD drive:


    Pretty snappy.
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