Mac mini Server

By on February 15, 2005

Mac mini case mods have already begun.

This guy took a brand new mini, stuffed it inside a PC case, added a 250GB 3.5” hard drive and some cooling hardware, and ended up with a nice little home file server. The linked article gives a decent step-by-step guide to how he did it in case you want to build your own.

via byodkm.net

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Comments

  1. I didn’t read the entire article, but couldn’t you accomplish the same thing by adding a firewire drive. I mean he didn’t even end up with a cool looking case! It’s just an ugly pc looking thing.

    I’m in the process of setting up a Mac mini for my sister and personally I think it’s a pretty cool looking little computer as is. I bet however that there are going to be some amazing mods.

  2. “couldn’t you accomplish the same thing by adding a firewire drive?”

    Definitely. But apparently this guy didn’t want to mess with bridge boards or external cases.

    “he didn’t even end up with a cool looking case! It’s just an ugly pc looking thing.”

    Too true, but he was going for utility and not looks. The thing will spend its life in a closet, so looks weren’t high on his priority list. He could’ve done much better, and if you look at his future plans, he’s already thinking of a better case for it.

    Gizmodo has a post about an aftermarket add-on for the mini that’d be kinda cool;

    http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/laptops-pcs/apple/index.php#concept-mac-mini-av-dock-033259

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