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    Sweet, I can't wait till that firewire sound card ships. That's the last thing I was waiting for to connect into my system. I hope it has an optical output.

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    it is firewire and it is bus-powered!
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    Umm

    Well the thing aboot the minimac is that apple never sold something so cheap and so powerful. While a 1.42GHZ processor sounds slow, a G4 is not a computer to take lightly. This is amazing for myself in that I was ready to buy an old 450Mhz g4 tower and strip it just for the mobo/processor.

    With the mini, the HD is crap, use it for OSX and buy another for media thats better, larger and faster.

    The case, tho neet isnt why I want it, nor the size, its the damn cost, plain and simple. A NEW apple computer to work with for $500? Sweet. Just jack it up with some mods and someone will eventually (cough, me) make a frontend. I hope. :P
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    okay- so lets say I go and buy a Macmini- then I pop in a different hard drive to replace the one in there- could I just pop in the boot disk that comes with the mini and start from scratch? (I'm assuming it comes with a boot disk like PCs) or would I need to ghost the data over to the new HD?
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    I believe what you say is correct. Most definitly comes with restore (osx installation disks more like it).

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    Seems like it's so small and packed that they have problems using a bigger / faster drive in there. As someone said in a previous post, run the OS from the drive, get a firewire drive to run your other stuff. It comes with a really slow 5400 rpm drive from what I've heard.

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    If i get a Mini (I really REALLY want one) it would go in the DIN-slot where my cdplayer is located today. I would get a 6,5" LCD screen without touch, use Salling Clicker to remote control iTunes with my Bluetooth-cellphone. Maybe a external Firewire-drive so that I have access to ALL my music in my car, and a ESI Quatafire soundcard connected between the Mini and my amps to get high quality sound and a volume knob. Why fuzz with a number of gadgets, a USB hub etc.?

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    well couldn't you just mount a 7200rpm laptop hard drive? you could get up to 100GB on that. it would be built better a little more rugged and faster- seems like the solution to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TxMazda3
    well couldn't you just mount a 7200rpm laptop hard drive? you could get up to 100GB on that. it would be built better a little more rugged and faster- seems like the solution to me.

    Michael
    That's my plan. I don't think the 7200rpm drive will be a problem if you set up sufficient cooling.
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    I guess there really isn't a way to improve the cooling. One of the sites I saw links to said that a 7200 rpm drive might overheat, and the unit is so small and packed that it actually could become a problem. If you're going to buy a 7200 rpm drive, just put it into one of those small firewire cases, make it external. That'll make it easier if you want to bring it inside with you and change some files. Plus it'll give you a nice 180 total gb of storage! Why waste a drive?

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