I have a Windows Mediacenter (Win 7 32 bit) running on my Mac Mini mid 2010. The current 1 Tb SATA drive is starting to fail after running nonstop for 2 years.
The question is whether the WD Black² WD1001X06XDTL 1 TB could be a good replacement.
- The Mac Mini has a SATA 300 interface, would this work on SATA 600 disk?
- The Mac needs a Mac OS partition. It cannot run Windows alone. I am not using the Mac partition. I boot directly in Win7. Will this give any problems? I can understand that there is no Mac support, but is this only the 1 TB partition which isn’t supported? Because I do not expect to access the 1 TB partition from Mac OS as I do not use the Mac partition.
- I expect to clone the drive using the supplied cable. I will delete all recorded TV to get under the 120 Gb limit and then clone both the windows and mac partition to the new WD Black2 drive. Shouldn’t this work like a charm? It will be very time consuming to do a clean install as I need to install Mac OS first, then Windows 7 and then configure the Mediacenter applications with tuners, channels, programme guide etc. So I would really like to do a clone.
- Is the clone cable always in the pack or do I need to check that this is part of the disk I purchase?