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Old 30-04-2012, 07:23 PM   #16
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No problem detecting mass storage on my Mac Mini. Are your mass storage devices NTFS formatted? If so, OSX will not be able to read it.
Mac OS X can read NTFS formatted disks but not write by default.
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Old 30-04-2012, 08:20 PM   #17
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Mac OS X can read NTFS formatted disks but not write by default.
U can by purchasing Tuxera NTFS which I did, but costs 24 Euros.
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Old 30-04-2012, 09:35 PM   #18
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Just last month I start to regret buying an iMac 2011. Reflecting upon it, I should get a Mac Mini instead. Can go Simlim upgrade SSD and ram. IMac harder. Dunno how to install Ram and SSD and if bring to Simlim do troublesome. The initial reason why I never buy mac mini was the low amount of HD coz I need at least 2 TB. Now my iMac 1 TB also not enough got to buy an external HDD.

SOmemore Mac mini I can mount under my table out of side out of mind. Can your mac Mini do dual monitor?
I bought 2 iMac in 2009 and started to realize it was a mistake.
2010 I bought 2010 mac mini and never regret ever since.
Now using a mac mini 2011.
Boost up to minimum 4gb RAM and a SSD and it will fly.

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Old 01-05-2012, 12:41 AM   #19
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I bought 2 iMac in 2009 and started to realize it was a mistake.
2010 I bought 2010 mac mini and never regret ever since.
Now using a mac mini 2011.
Boost up to minimum 4gb RAM and a SSD and it will fly.
4gb? Come on...get a 8. there is really a significance difference
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:13 AM   #20
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U can by purchasing Tuxera NTFS which I did, but costs 24 Euros.
Thanks, but I would prefer formatting the disks to exfat.
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4gb? Come on...get a 8. there is really a significance difference
Maybe when he bought the RAMS, the gap between 4Gb and 8Gb was high.
Now for 4Gb SODIMMS, can get at $30.

SSD prices also dropping.
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:30 AM   #22
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4gb? Come on...get a 8. there is really a significance difference
Nope.. I have 2 mac mini. One with 4gb, the other with 8gb. For normal use, no difference to me. But from 2gb to min 4gb, it has significant increase in performance. Unless you open up a lot of application and use a lot of video/photo editing stuff, then 8gb would serve well. Top it up, you might even suggest SSD.

2gb is simply not enough even for normal basic use (email, browsing etc) under Lion. A lot of page swapping.

Have you tried 2gb->4gb upgrade before or you jump straight to 8gb?
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:15 AM   #23
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using Mac mini 2011 i5 + 8GB.
The power saving feature is fantastic. Most of the time I don't hear the fan spinning, only when I play diablo 3 it will work hard. I left the mini on while taking nap and it will cool down till as if it has been switched off.

luv my mac mini
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:07 PM   #24
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Macmini is great but I just can't get it to recognize any thumb drive or external HDD. I'm using OSX Lion. Anyone knows how this can be solved?
U can by purchasing Tuxera NTFS which I did, but costs 24 Euros.
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you can try downloading the following free programs to enable to read/write NTFS format disks from CNET

1. MacFuse - download and install this first
2. NTFS-3G - download, install and reboot

If all else fails, call Apple

Good Luck!
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:23 PM   #25
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Our if u are using parallels or VMware,u can also use them to access ntfs.
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:41 PM   #26
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Thanks, but I would prefer formatting the disks to exfat.
I prefer using Tuxera as the device can still be used on a windows based PC after that.
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:42 PM   #27
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you can try downloading the following free programs to enable to read/write NTFS format disks from CNET

1. MacFuse - download and install this first
2. NTFS-3G - download, install and reboot

If all else fails, call Apple

Good Luck!
Previously was using NTFS-3G but after upgrading to Lion, it's not supported anymore so i bought the full version.
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Old 01-05-2012, 05:05 PM   #28
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Which is better?

A MacBook Air running on clamshell mode connected to external monitor, or a Mac Mini?

Now decing whether to buy Mac Mini.
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:29 PM   #29
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for cost-performance Macmini.
If u have an iPad, the more u should opt for Macmini.
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I prefer using Tuxera as the device can still be used on a windows based PC after that.
How is that different from using exFAT, besides having to reformat the disks?
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