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#1 audioAl

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 12:56 PM

This new netbook has no space to defragment the drive. No pictures, music files or anything else taking up the space. Can I attach a usb external drive and export programs to free space? Also, the battery wont charge?
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#2 audioAl

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 07:53 AM

Well, after more research on this netbook I understand it is mainly for use to surf and check Email, not much else. I may need to delete some programs installed such as Power point viewer and an Adobe program. This may free up some space so I can defragment. Can anyone else chime in?
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Posted 10 February 2010 - 09:06 AM

There is an issue with SSD's, as items are deleted the memory blocks are not reused, only SSD's that are setup for a program called TRIM can take advantage of reclaiming the lost space. I have an Acer SSD mini w/8 gigs, I also have an 8 gig SSD in the side slot which I have loaded most of my programs on. I have been keeping an eye out for someone to write a program for the older SSD's but so far N/G.

Hit the link below for more info!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRIM

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 09:11 AM

netbooks with small drives are limited. An external usb drive should work just fine. You can even install programs on them and just make sure you have them plugged in when you want to use them.

My toshiba netbook has a 250g 2.5 hard disk rather than the ssd drives the minis come with. a 32g ssd is available but the larger the size the more expensive the ssd drives get.

I created restore disks, imaged the drive and created linux boot usb flash drives for my netbook the day I got it.

I fix so many I can't pretend it won't break someday.

As far as the battery, some dells will not charge the battery if the power adapter is not an actual dell. There is a third wire that carries a known microvoltage the pc checks to confirm it is attached to a dell power adapter and while it will power the laptop, it will not charge the battery. Dell does not do this on every model so It is not a definite thing, but you should be able to google to find out.

Actual dell power adapters that develop a break in that wire will also stop charging the battery.

The mini 9 was an early adopters model and Dell made several hardware changes over it's short introduction. Their later models show what they learned from it.

BTW Dell seems to be out of replacement drives for the mini. I called trying to buy one for a client. The replacement on most of them is a mini-pci-e half length formfactor with sata firmware. Other ssd drives will not work. Be carful to only buy parts you can return if they are not compatible.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 09:23 AM

I have gleaned quite a bit from the site below, you may find some thing that will help you along. It is the ACER site but the drives all work in the same manner.

http://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=54

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 06:22 AM

Thanks Old Phil, the logic at Microsoft of getting sales of 7 from people using older os is understandable, but is it ethical.
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