There are already many NAS performance test available. Because I need real-world file transfer rate for my Mac mini (Late 2012), I decide to create my own sample data and procedure to meet my needs. Here is how it works:
iFixit wrote a good post “Mac Mini Late 2012 Hard Drive Replacement” with many photos. It helps me to replace the existing hard drive in Mac mini (Late 2012). I would like to contribute two more tips which would accelerate the process.
I follow suggestions on 2.8.2 very slow to launch on OS X 10.6.8 on GIMP on OS X suggest to turn off network. It does help to speed up GIMP but LibreOffice.
I have upgrade my iBook G4 to SSD on 2013/10/11 Fri. The disk access feels much faster than the internal 4200RPM IDE or an external FireWire 7200RPM 3.5″ WD 160GB IDE. My left hand also feels much cooler when typing on this notebook.
Here is the disk test result by Xbench 1.3 on MacOS 10.3.9. The bottle neck should be IDE and the SSD to IDE convertor. A SSD with native Sata 2/3 will perform even better. Compare to other IDE drive, the transfer rate is improved. Also, the SSD should perform better on access time than hard drive.