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Mac Mini '11 SSD

Absolutely the best way to breathe life into an older computer is to replace the slow mechanical hard drive with a modern solid state drive. The computer and apps will boot up to 5x faster, and overall the system will be dramatically more responsive.
This is a Mac Mini (Mid 2011) upgrade. It requires a complete gutting to get to the hard drive tray, #alwaysatthebottom. The stock hard drive was pulling read speeds of 98MB/sec and write speeds of 88MB/sec. Replacement Samsung 850 Pro topped that with 519MB/sec read and 348MB/sec write.
This machine acts as a server, deploying Windows Server 2008 via a Parallels virtual machine. Removing the server's data retrieval bottleneck and logging in via Remote Desktop Client creates a pretty smooth experience for the client machines.
  • Gutting a Mac Mini 2011.
    Mac Mini 2011
    Gutting a Mac Mini 2011.
  • Mac Mini 2011 completely gutted.<br>#alwaysatthebottom
    Mac Mini 2011
    Mac Mini 2011 completely gutted.
    #alwaysatthebottom
  • Hard drive tray with new Samsung 850 PRO SSD installed.
    Mac Mini 2011
    Hard drive tray with new Samsung 850 PRO SSD installed.
  • Blackmagic speed test has the hard drive pulling read speeds of 98MB/sec and write speeds of 88MB/sec.
    Mac Mini 2011 Speed Test
    Blackmagic speed test has the hard drive pulling read speeds of 98MB/sec and write speeds of 88MB/sec.
  • Replacement solid state drive (a Samsung 850 PRO) gives us 519MB/sec read and 348MB/sec write. That’s a 5x read speed and over 4x write speed improvement.
    Mac Mini 2011 Speed Test
    Replacement solid state drive (a Samsung 850 PRO) gives us 519MB/sec read and 348MB/sec write. That’s a 5x read speed and over 4x write speed improvement.
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