Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I've been over the tech specs for both the high-end mac mini with the fusion drive and the mac mini server (http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/mac_mini) and I cannot find more than a single difference; the server has two HDDs (oh, and it ships with os x server installed).

Am I missing something or are you paying $200 more for a second HDD? Or $150 more for a 1TB fusion drive vs 256GB SSD and 1 TB HDD?

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

up vote 3 down vote accepted

You have to decide what you want in terms of storage, performance and OS since there is no option to have 2x1TB drives in the $799 model and there's no option to have a 1TB Fusion Drive in the $999 model.

Essentially, you're paying $200 more to get OS X Server and for the ability to have a second hard drive (doing it yourself is an option if you can follow guides on iFixit and have the tools and accessories required).


Choose the $799 model with:

  1. A 1TB Fusion Drive - $250
  2. OS X Server - $19.99

Total: $1068.99 (but you'll have a faster drive but half the storage space of the default $999 model).


Choose the $799 model with the default 1TB drive:

  1. add another 1TB 2.5" 5400 rpm drive - about $80+ (approximate cost from newegg)
  2. OS X Server - $19.99
  3. The Mac mini Dual Hard Drive kit from iFixit - $49.95

Total: $948.94
Hassle of doing it yourself: Priceless

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.