[rescue] WTB: Intel C2D Mac Mini

Joshua Boyd jdboyd at jdboyd.net
Fri Feb 20 12:43:19 CST 2009

On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 01:47:33PM -0500, nate at portents.com wrote:
> > I was just wondering the other day if you could fit a WD Velociraptor
> > inside of a mac mini if you removed it's heatsink, and further if the
> > drive would survive inside there or overheat.  That would make a very
> > nice desktop machine if it would fit and work.
> WD Velociraptor is 15mm high, which is normal for SAS 2.5" enterprise
> drives, but abnormal for notebook SATA drives which are 9.5mm typical. 
> Therefore unlikely to fit in a Mini.  (You'd also violate the WD warranty
> by using it without the heatsink.)
> However, if drive performance is important, just use an external 3.5"
> drive in an enclosure - problem solved!  You can boot off it, it's not
> like most silly PCs that have issues with a lot of external driver
> interfaces and booting.  They even make some enclosures to match the Mini
> footprint, so it just makes it a bit higher.

Throwing one of those 2.5" raptors in a FW400 case would be a tremendous
waste.  It would be much better to mod the Mini to give it an eSATA

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