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Default SSD upgrade question(s) - 01-18-2012, 04:38 PM


I just bought a refurbed Mini 1012 and one of the first things I want to do is switch to an SSD harddrive. A couple of questions:

1) What specs do I need to look for. Is it simply a 2.5" SSD? When searching, I mostly see SATA II and SATA III. Will any of the SATA I, II, or III work? Any other important specs I need to know?

2) Any brands that are highly recommeded without spending a ton? I really want to stay under $100. Or any brands to stay away from?

3) I will be using Windows 7 Pro. Will 60 GB be fine? Very few applications will be installed and I do not need much additional storage space? Any chance 32 Gb would work?


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Default 01-18-2012, 05:36 PM

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Runcore are about the best and most popular although I do not care for SSD's personally, they are far overpriced and I believe they have a higher failure rate also, but its your money.....32gb should be fine for you, unlike myself that has a 750gb drive and would like even bigger, some can get by with tiny drives, and a standard 2.5in SATA or SATA II drive should be fine unlike the older Mini 9's that required a mini PCI-e type drive

I am not sure if the SATA III's will work or not, they probably will because the 1012/1018 are the latest additions to the Dell Mini line although Dell has dis-continued and stopped selling ALL Mini's at this point

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Default 01-20-2012, 04:28 PM

What about either of these. First, will they work. And 2nd, are they any good (especially the 2nd one where I know little about the manufacturer):

Intel SSDSA2CW080G3K5 320 80GB Solid-State Drive - 80GB, SATA:
Intel SSDSA2CW080G3K5 320 80GB Solid-State Drive - 80GB, SATA at

Patriot Torqx 2 PT264GS25SSDR 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD): - Patriot Torqx 2 PT264GS25SSDR 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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Default 01-20-2012, 08:03 PM

Those should work. And Intel makes the best SSDs.

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Default 01-21-2012, 06:20 AM

Look for an SATA II drive. SATA III is overkill on these, as the chipset is only SATA II.

I've been running a Samsung 470-series 64GB SSD, Windows 7 Pro, Office 2010, and a few other programs. Like you, I didn't need much extra space, but I've still got plenty free. I highly recommend this drive for the 1012 and it can be found for just over $100.

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Default 01-21-2012, 11:43 PM

The Intel 320 is a solid choice.

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