Should I retire the old Mac Mini?
December 18, 2011 9:42 AM Subscribe
Should I get an external drive or a new computer? Longtime Mac Mini user details inside.
posted by computech_apolloniajames to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a Mac Mini from about 2005. It has served me well over the years. I've replaced the hard drive and upgraded to OSX 10.6. This is a recreational-focused computer: surfing, movie watching, music and photo storage. I don't play computer games. A first-gen iPad is associated with it.
The most frustrating thing about this Mac is its inability to upload CDs. I have several hundred music CDs that need to be copied into iTunes. The original drive is exquisitely slow (10-45 minutes per CD), and occasionally it will spit a CD out and not copy anything.
A new external drive would seemingly solve this problem, and I've also been told that I can replace the original drive.
However, given the age of this machine, I realize that it may be time to replace it. The main issue is, I have no idea what to look for. I'm not a tech head. I've done some hunting on newegg, but the specs just read as alphabet soup.
I am not absolutely hell-bent on another Mac, as my work computer is a PC, and I appreciate the simplicity of XP (not so much of a fan of Windows 7). In the interest of keeping things simple, should I just buy a new Mac Mini? What has improved with this line since I bought mine?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.