Mac Mini question
For the past year I have been using a 2009 mac mini, 2.53 GHz, 320 GB Hard Drive. OS 10.8.3 and Aperture 3. I keep my Aperture library on an external usb drive (500 GB) and use a usb 1TB time machine.
Recently loading pics from CF card, raw conversion, and adjustment seems to be taking much longer. As does uploading to SmugMug or emailing.
I have the kit from OWC ( and the skill) to place the 500gb drive into the optical bay and to double the RAM from 4 to 8 GB.
Does anyone think this will make a difference in perceived speed?
Doubling the Ram to 8GB is a no brainer. You will notice that immediately. Moving the drive into the Mac Mini is also going to be a lot faster than the USB port. I would do both. You wont think it's the same machine.
The next real speed upgrade would be to replace the system drive with an SSD. They have come down in price now so it's something you might want to consider.