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New to Me: My Used Mac Mini Arrived!
Posted by: Grumpyguy
Date: July 14, 2018 01:36AM
The eBay seller shipped it quickly, and it arrived today. It was packed well, clean and arrived wiped with the previous OS version on it. It is the 2014 model, with the 2.6GHz Core i5 processor, 16 GB of ram, the Iris graphics chip, and a 1 TB hard drive. Thankfully, all the ports work.

I used the Migration Assistant to transfer things over from my 2010 Mac Mini. I spent the afternoon tweaking and updating.

The speed difference between the 2010 and 2014 is glaringly obvious. The 2010 Mini lasted 8 years, but the beach balls were driving me crazy! On the other hand, it goes down as the Mac I kept in service the longest. 8 years! Not sure the PC world is as fortunate.

The 2014 model launches and runs the same programs that bogged down the old Mini with ease.

So I'm very happy with that. I have a 500 GB external SSD coming from OWC, so I'll probably make that the boot drive once it arrives. Also, I ordered a USB microphone so I can use SIRI.

I paid around $400 for it after a 10% off eBay coupon. Considering a new version goes for almost $900, I don't think I did too bad. If a new Mini comes out this fall, I can always flip this.

With the new arrival, I took the time to clean off my desk and organize it. This won't last long, but it feels nice to start off with a fresh look.







Bryan
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Mac Mini 2.6 GHz, 16 GB ram High Sierra
MacBook Pro (Early 2008 model) 2.4 GHz, 4 GB ram, 200 GB hard drive/ Mac OS 10.9.1 and XP SP3
iPhone 7 iOS 11
Location: Cincinnati



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Re: New to Me: My Used Mac Mini Arrived!
Posted by: jdc
Date: July 14, 2018 04:10AM
leader!

You need bigger monitors!



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Re: New to Me: My Used Mac Mini Arrived!
Posted by: Carm
Date: July 14, 2018 04:22AM
Leader!
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Re: New to Me: My Used Mac Mini Arrived!
Posted by: space-time
Date: July 14, 2018 07:26AM
nuke and pave the old one, and then try it. I am curious how it works smiling smiley
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Re: New to Me: My Used Mac Mini Arrived!
Posted by: billb
Date: July 14, 2018 08:21AM
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nuke and pave the old one, and then try it. I am curious how it works smiling smiley

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Re: New to Me: My Used Mac Mini Arrived!
Posted by: kurtzie
Date: July 14, 2018 08:22AM
Leader!

No more Beach Balls!!
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Re: New to Me: My Used Mac Mini Arrived!
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: July 14, 2018 08:59AM
L E A D E R



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Re: New to Me: My Used Mac Mini Arrived!
Posted by: sekker
Date: July 14, 2018 09:14AM
L E A D E R !
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Re: New to Me: My Used Mac Mini Arrived!
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 14, 2018 09:42AM
....follow.......the.....LEADER.....!


....congrats on the deal and enjoy.......!!!!



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Re: New to Me: My Used Mac Mini Arrived!
Posted by: Grumpyguy
Date: July 14, 2018 12:53PM
Why, yes I do winking smiley
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jdc
leader!

You need bigger monitors!



Bryan
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Mac Mini 2.6 GHz, 16 GB ram High Sierra
MacBook Pro (Early 2008 model) 2.4 GHz, 4 GB ram, 200 GB hard drive/ Mac OS 10.9.1 and XP SP3
iPhone 7 iOS 11
Location: Cincinnati
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Re: New to Me: My Used Mac Mini Arrived!
Posted by: Grumpyguy
Date: July 14, 2018 01:06PM
I had to do that about 8 months ago when the OS update went south. It didn't help.
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space-time
nuke and pave the old one, and then try it. I am curious how it works smiling smiley



Bryan
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Mac Mini 2.6 GHz, 16 GB ram High Sierra
MacBook Pro (Early 2008 model) 2.4 GHz, 4 GB ram, 200 GB hard drive/ Mac OS 10.9.1 and XP SP3
iPhone 7 iOS 11
Location: Cincinnati
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Re: New to Me: My Used Mac Mini Arrived!
Posted by: rz
Date: July 14, 2018 04:23PM
I got the same model/specs mini for my son a couple of weeks ago for $400 off CL. But mine has both a 1tb hard drive and 120gb ssd. The guy threw in the external SuperDrive as well. Can't wait to hook it up and surprise my son when he gets back from his grandparents.
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Re: New to Me: My Used Mac Mini Arrived!
Posted by: tenders
Date: July 14, 2018 06:24PM
An SSD in the 2010 will give it a new lease on life too, but I can see why many are reluctant to put money into older machines like that.

(An SSD in my 2006 Mini bought it three more years. Oh, and a processor upgrade, but your machine came after the big leaps in processor speeds.)
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Re: New to Me: My Used Mac Mini Arrived!
Posted by: sekker
Date: July 14, 2018 09:38PM
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tenders
An SSD in the 2010 will give it a new lease on life too, but I can see why many are reluctant to put money into older machines like that.

(An SSD in my 2006 Mini bought it three more years. Oh, and a processor upgrade, but your machine came after the big leaps in processor speeds.)

Agree 100%. We have a 2009 mac mini, just updated the internal SSD. Runs 10.11 just fine.
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