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Mini Mac mechanism

babbage (61057) writes | more than 9 years ago

Hardware 5

So, out of curiosity, has anyone seen the guts of a Mini-mac yet ? The pictures I've seen on Apple's site -- particularly one of the motherboard and one with the cover removed -- give you some ideas -- compact motherboard, RAM on one side, skinny optical drive on top, mini-speaker in f

So, out of curiosity, has anyone seen the guts of a Mini-mac yet ? The pictures I've seen on Apple's site -- particularly one of the motherboard and one with the cover removed -- give you some ideas -- compact motherboard, RAM on one side, skinny optical drive on top, mini-speaker in front -- but I'm curious about the hard drive: did they actually jam a full sized IDE drive in there, or is it a compact laptop model or a super-compact iPod one?

Some of the rumor sites were paying slavish attention to the deals Apple was making for bulk purchases of minature hard drives from Asian manufacturers. All of this speculation centered around the possibilities for new iPod models, but it occurs to me that at least some of those drives are probably going into the new Mac as well.

So -- has anyone had a chance to get pictures of a disassembly of a mini Mac yet ?

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laptop drive, not IDE (1)

slothdog (3329) | more than 9 years ago | (#11353165)

Look here [macnews.de] .

Re:laptop drive, not IDE (0)

zonker (1158) | more than 9 years ago | (#11354686)

most laptop drives *are* ide. they use the same signaling and encoding techniques etc., however they use a different, smaller connector that uses 40 pins instead of 44. take a look here [google.com] ...

Re:laptop drive, not IDE (1)

babbage (61057) | more than 9 years ago | (#11354875)

Well, right, that wasn't the right way to put it. For that matter, supposedly CompactFlash cards also use an IDE bus, so that probably wasn't the right term to use.

What I meant was the size of the drive -- a desktop sized 3.5" drive, a laptop 2.5" one, or a smaller iPod one?

Looking over that macnews.de page, I didn't notice any pictures of a hard drive, so while I believe that it's probably a laptop-sized 2.5" drive, it would still be interesting to see a photographic (&/or Apple tech doc reference) that confirms & describes that...

Re:laptop drive, not IDE (0)

zonker (1158) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355204)

yeah, i know what you meant (i was responding to the comment that the other guy said because his subject implied 'not ide'. i figured you knew, but i suspected he may not).

i'm not positive but i'd put money on it that it is a 2.5 inch drive mostly because the ipod drives are too expensive for high capacity drives and the profit margins they are looking for with the mini. more importantly because of the very light weight of the mini (2.9 pounds). i have ide drives that weigh more than that by themselves. also a standard ide drive will kick out a lot of heat which they are looking to avoid with no active cooling from what i'm told.

but i've not seen one in person and can't admit to having anything more than educated speculation...

Its a 2.5" drive (1)

alangmead (109702) | more than 9 years ago | (#11356839)

I'm using this review [macworld.com] for evidence. They also say it is a 4200 RPM drive.

I think I have an extra external firewire enclosure around. I guess I'll need one if I want to pick up a MiniMac. (I'd be much more likely to wait for Mac Mini sales to drive down the used market and pick up a G4 cube or tower)

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