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Posted 22 April 2010 - 05:21 PM
Posted 22 April 2010 - 05:52 PM
Posted 22 April 2010 - 08:25 PM
I have replaced the ssd drive on several of these. The early ssd drives used in this model were quite bad at making it past a year warranty and Dell only has a few and they are priced at about the same cost as a new netbook.
You can order one from amazon though:
vid of replacement:
A usb external cd or dvd drive is a lot more useful for reinstall or even diagnosing what the issue is.
Does the drive show up in the "bios" ?
(Note the replacement drives often do not show in the bios until the install reaches the first reboot)
Posted 23 April 2010 - 09:04 AM
Posted 23 April 2010 - 03:14 PM
Your ssd is the main drive (and probably the only drive) for the system. While it is related to flash memory, it is setup for the bios to see it as if it were the primary hard drive of the computer. Your files and programs and os live there. If you cannot get to the drive, the files are gone. In theory professional data recovery companies can recover your files if they have not been overwritten and some data recovery software can recover it if it can see it.
File recovery on an ssd is not like on a hard drive though and the dell 910 uses such a proprietary connector that it is unlikely a home user (or even me) can move the drive to another computer to use software tools to attempt recovery.
One thing to try is boot from a ubuntu live cd and see if it can mount the drive.
Posted 23 April 2010 - 07:29 PM
Posted 26 April 2010 - 05:16 PM
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