I’ve been getting the notion that maybe it’s time to deal with my desktop computer, a 2012 Mac Mini. Minis are nice, because they’re small (8″x8″x2″) and do as much work as a much larger (and much more expensive) computer. It has 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive installed, which was fine eight years ago. Unfortunately, the operating system has been upgraded several times since then, and with each new release of the operating system, the memory requirements have increased. It still runs, just a lot slower than it did when it was brand new, and as such some jobs that should finish in a matter of hours now finish in a matter of days. I attempted to do a full backup of the hard drive last night. I started it at 9:30 and, thirteen hours later, the job was less than 20% complete.
Unacceptable, I don’t care who you are.
I got a bee in my bonnet about it, and while it would be possible to ditch this machine and go with my laptop, I have so much stuff on this one that I need to be able to get at, and the hard drive in the laptop is half the size of this one. So that’s not an option. Buying a new Mini is not an option, either. So, I’m left with a third option: upgrading this one.
In the good old days, when I had the use of both hands, I would buy the new parts and whatever tools I needed, do the upgrade, and all would be well. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case. However, I found a service online to which I can send my computer and who will do it for only slightly more than it would cost to do myself. What’s more, I can pay for most of it using cash-back money on one of my credit cards.
I’ll probably send it out next week. Keep your fingers crossed…