[OS X TeX] TeX Performance (MacMini)

Steffen Wolfrum osxtex at st.estfiles.de
Mon Feb 7 12:51:56 CET 2005

>Interesting thread. Couple of things to note.
>In fact, one advice for those wanting to use the Mac Mini as a 
>TeX-machine is to use an external drive. True, it makes the set up 
>bigger and might be a fairly big investment. But it also has several 
>advantages including being able to swap the drive between different 
>machines, easier backups, and having more drive space. Plus it 
>requires no tinkering to install...

Hm, does it really make sense to have a fast external drive for the 
MacMini - regarding its Firewire 400(!) ?

Wouldn't it be much more efficient to have this 7200RPM Hitachi 
Travelstar 7k60 inside the Mini? Or is this drive really that loud 
(as it was written sometimes) that I would spoil my silent Mini with 

Yes, silence matters! But speed too o(

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