When the newest Mac mini first launched in October of 2014, Apple did not give the option for it to be configured with a 2TB drive, much to the disappointment of many Mac mini fans.

As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple reversed its decision to only offer 1TB of storage space in December and quietly updated the Mac mini build-to-order options, adding an option for a 2TB Fusion Drive for an additional $100. Before the change, users could only choose a 1TB Fusion Drive or 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage.

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Though the return of a 2TB storage option will likely please some potential Mac mini buyers, the new 2014 machine has not been well received due to its soldered RAM and lack of a quad-core processor option.

Apple's Mac mini can be purchased from the company's online store, with pricing starting at $499. The high-end 2.8GHz option with a custom 2TB Fusion Drive and 8GB of RAM is priced at $1,099.

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Top Rated Comments

PowerBook-G5 Avatar
123 months ago
I think that I can say this for many potential Mac Mini buyers:

QUAD CORE! QUAD CORE! QUAD CORE!

If only they'd silently add that option...
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
farewelwilliams Avatar
123 months ago
nah, once you go ssd, you can't go back to fusion/regular hd.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yjchua95 Avatar
123 months ago
Stick a quad core i7 and Iris Pro graphics and we'll thank you.
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Yvan256 Avatar
123 months ago
Wow, really? Do you know what conventional HDDs come with these days?

Top models go up to 5TB, some even beyond, that's very recent, yes, but 2TB is all you can get?

The Mac mini uses a 2.5" hard drive. Those 5TB hard drives are 3.5".

On another note, I wish even the low-end Mac mini would at least ship with a 128GB SSD instead of an extremely slow, low-end 500GB HDD.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DJC631 Avatar
123 months ago
The current Mini is still ****
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kwikdeth Avatar
123 months ago

As for nobody noticing this until now, it's because many people aren't buying the product any more. It's fairly clear that Apple was trying to kill of the Mini when they gutted its features last autumn. If they're going this far then why not make it the size of an Apple TV? At least do something better than same old box but slower. Ridiculous.

Theyre testing the waters much like with the low-end 21" mac to see how well they sell. If they do, then theyll repackage the machines into smaller, less upgradeable packages (see Intel's NUC machines for an idea), or, if you really wanna get conspiratorial, if people will accept osx running on slower hardware as a means of easing a transition to using ARM cpus in their computers.

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Not if your desktop drive was an old Maxtor! They tended to be a little slower than the competition, so you might wish you had a different model. But you never had an excuse to replace them, because those stubborn things would never die!

Agree on all your points, however. I wonder if 2.5" drives tend to last any longer in desktops (since they're a little more rugged)? Not sure if people have been using them quite long enough (or frequently enough) in desktops to know yet.

I still have a working 6Gb IDE maxtor from my old G3 minitower. Still works fine. Damn thing is like 17 years old.
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