HP Pavilion Mini Intel 1TB SATA Desktop

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HP Pavilion Mini Intel 1TB SATA Desktop
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The Pavilion Mini can also accept an M.2 SSD drive alongside the included SATA HDD. I would recommend adding an SSD and transferring the OS to it since the included HDD spins at a slow 5400 RPM’s which will considerably restrict the system’s overall performance.

The Pavilion Mini can accept M.2 drives 22 mm wide, up to 42 mm in length and keyed as either B or B and M. If the drive is keyed as either A, E or just M it will not fit. I believe the largest capacity 42 mm drive currently available is 256 GB though that could change as the technology improves.

(Edit): The M.2 SSD does not replace the included SATA drive. You would merely be adding on and moving the system OS to the SSD while keeping the SATA drive for file storage.

Here is more information on the M.2 standard:


Here is a video of the innards of this unit:


Just wondering, what exactly would the installed HHD “slow me down” doing?
Calculating an intercept/docking of the International Space Station ,or watching Netflix?
Being funny obviously, but seriously, why/what application would necessitate going from 1TB to a measly 250GB?

Unless you’ve experienced the performance of SSD’s you won’t know what you’re missing.

Once you go SSD, you will NEVER go back.

Things you will notice even from just general use (even if you aren’t docking the space station). Near instant boot times (my multiple PCs all boot and are logged into windows within a few seconds from the time you press the power button to when you can actually start using it). much snappier use… launching even large programs take split seconds vs seconds. Copying things, loading things… anything at all to do with disk activity will be extremely fast vs a mechanical hard drive.

SSD’s are so dirt cheap that it’s really not much to add one to anything. For instance, 120GB SSD’s are $40-50. 250GB SSD’s are $70ish, even 500GB SSDs are down in the $150’s. (and by dirt cheap, I mean comparatively to what they used to cost, you obviously pay for performance vs capacity).

Even on a slower, or older PC… it’s well worth the upgrade.

To Woot Staff: I wish this sale was during the week. I would have instantly bought 3 of these for work, but I can’t do any ordering for work on the weekends :frowning: I really hope you run these on sale again soon. I’m interested in trying some out for my company’s users.

The installed 1TB drive is a spinning platter type. It is also on the slower end of the spectrum for speed (5400 RPM).

Adding (or replacing the existing with) a SSD (Solid State Disk) would greatly increase the speed of booting Windows and opening programs.

If you have never used a computer with a SSD please try it out! I moved all my systems to SSD boot drives a year or more ago. The time you will save not waiting on things to happen is amazing.

The 1TB spinning drive is functional, just with a SSD this system would be so much better.

With an M2 SSD, you’re not replacing the hard drive, but adding an additional drive. So you’d go from a measly 1TB to a less-measly 1.25TB.

Hi I would like to know it it is dual voltage? 120/240v


Is the CPU upgradable? Or might it be soldered onto the motherboard? If it is, what are the upgrade options?

HP Pavilion 300-221 Mini Desktop PC Product Specifications



Intel Haswell-U or Broadwell-U processor soldered down on the motherboard

I cannot find any documentation, but it appears to require a 45W transformer not shown. The transformer it ships with is probably 240V with US blade type plug.

Great post, thanks. How would you transfer the OS without the OEM disc & how would you configure it to read that M.2 drive first? Via the BIOS initial boot sequence making it first on the boot order?

Can you check that for me please, since I will use that oversees. I don’t care about the plug type I can find an adaptor I just have to make sure that I can connect it everyhere like a laptop.


As others have said, SSD is amazing! The only thing I’ve done to a PC in the past 5 years to noticeably increase performance. Boot is lightening fast. I used EaseUS freeware which has a wizard to “Transfer OS from HDD to SSD.” Great little program. Then just point your Bios boot to the new SSD and at some point, get rid of the old OS on the original HDD. Also make sure you set Windows Shadow Copy limits or it will fill up the new SSD with restore points.

any idea how it fares with a linux install instead?
also, what gpu is it exactly, intel hd 520, 5100, etc?

Still no answer to “why/what application would necessitate going from 1TB to a measly 250GB?” Fast boot is nice, but is not the be all and end all.

The problem with your question is that nobody said an ssd was necessary for anything. He made a suggestion to add or replace with an ssd, that’s all. There is nothing to clarify.

I was considering buying this to be my media server. Plex says i3 or better. If this is the only thing running on it it should run fine right? It is basically perfect. It is small, has gigabit Ethernet, usb 3.0 for external drive. I am just slightly concerned for the processor.