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M1 Mini But which Hard drive?
Posted by: chopper
Date: September 20, 2021 11:59AM
Okay, I will get an M1 Mini this week.

I want the largest back up hard drive I can feasibly find. What enclosure that will work/look the best with that set up?
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Re: M1 Mini But which Hard drive?
Posted by: PeterW
Date: September 20, 2021 12:22PM
How much do you want (or are willing) to spend?
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Re: M1 Mini But which Hard drive?
Posted by: jdc
Date: September 20, 2021 12:23PM
single disk?

Thinking 18 TB is the largest, without looking, they are running $450ish?

If you can do RAID, the only limit is your budget.





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Re: M1 Mini But which Hard drive?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: September 20, 2021 12:23PM
Does this mean you'll be using Time Machine?

I use a few 12TB W-D drives with only one failure in a few years.

Given the smallish drives of the M1, you many not need that much of a backup drive.

Otherwise, you might want a backup drive the size of the mini's SSD if not using Time Machine, or a backup for the backup drive.

Not a bad idea, as the 3-2-1 methodology is often recommended for critical data:

Three copies, two different media, one off site.





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Re: M1 Mini But which Hard drive?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: September 20, 2021 05:37PM
I think 14TB is still the "sweet" spot of large single disk and money. Past that and the price goes WAY up per TB, especially if you're looking at 3.5" internal drives. Best value is just buying a 14TB drive in a USB enclosure (i.e. WD), but you won't get "matching" looks with your mini (though you could shuck the drive, take it out of the enclosure and put it in something else, but doing so voids the warranty).

Does anyone even make a "matching" dock that would hold a 3.5" drive anyway?
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Re: M1 Mini But which Hard drive?
Posted by: jdc
Date: September 20, 2021 09:14PM
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Does anyone even make a "matching" dock that would hold a 3.5" drive anyway?

mini stack! 18 TB is $700...

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Re: M1 Mini But which Hard drive?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: September 20, 2021 09:47PM
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Does anyone even make a "matching" dock that would hold a 3.5" drive anyway?

mini stack! 18 TB is $700...

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Re: M1 Mini But which Hard drive?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: September 21, 2021 06:59AM
Gareth,

Not all premade drives are shuckable. If you really want to build a frankendrive, you need to buy a separate drive and enclosure. It isn't as cost effective as buying a premade model but it lets you choose the mechanism and enclosure of your choice. And, believe me, enclosures aren't created equal.

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Re: M1 Mini But which Hard drive?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: September 21, 2021 09:13AM
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Gareth
Does anyone even make a "matching" dock that would hold a 3.5" drive anyway?

mini stack! 18 TB is $700...

[eshop.macsales.com]

Or $79 for 0TB + ~$240 for a shuckable 14TB drive.
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Re: M1 Mini But which Hard drive?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: September 21, 2021 09:17AM
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Not all premade drives are shuckable. If you really want to build a frankendrive, you need to buy a separate drive and enclosure.

Have you encountered any 3.5” drives that can’t be shucked? I know WD builds the USB interface into a lot of their external 2.5” drives, so I wouldn’t buy those for shucking (went Seagate instead back in the day when I needed to do that). But I haven’t encountered that problem yet with 3.5 inch drives and a little research for any given model ahead of time will reveal the answer since someone else has probably done it already.
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Re: M1 Mini But which Hard drive?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: September 21, 2021 10:00AM
Gareth,

Yups. WD My Book. Shucked the drive. Apparently, it was encrypted. Couldn't even wipe it normally. It's a known issue. Can't remember how I resolved it but I won't by that particular model series anymore.

Robert
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