At the time I bought my Mini9 (the only Dell Mini being sold at the time) the largest they came with was a 16GB SSD
- period. Later on, you could get them with 32GB or 64GB, but not at first.
Wanting more room I got a Runcore, and after going through a couple iterations of Ubuntu and then XP without satisfaction, I hackintoshed it with help from the excellent folks on this forum, using Leopard. That was the key, and the Mini has been my constant companion since - really useful, and (if not lightening fast) quite peppy. That was a couple years ago.
I've been wondering what to do when it eventually starts to slow down, which I knew could happen over time with that generation of SSD
. Any slowdown so far has been slight, so I haven't felt impelled to act.
I've heard there are tools that can write 0s to the drive, removing any formatting, and bring it back to new condition. But I'm not sure how to do that with the Mini9 - it's not like you could put the drive in an external enclosure and hook it to another computer to run the utility. (Edit - Actually, it is like that - was just reading some posts on the hardware thread about Runcore and others selling caddies for that purpose. But the USB connection referenced below would obviate that, if it is there - still have to check.)
Now I'm thinking about it, didn't the Runcores have a mini-USB connection? I'll have to check, but I seem to remember that you could use it to clone your existing partitions to the SSD
prior to installation. I didn't need to do that with mine, as I was doing a fresh install.
Will check on that and try to post here if that's the case. That could be the answer, because my reading indicates that after the zero treatment, the drive is restored to new capability. And mine was quite fast when new.
Anyway, my experience with the Mini9, Runcore, and Leopard has been good. If there's been any significant slowdown, it hasn't been enough to bug me yet. But it's bound to come someday. Will look at my Runcore and see if it has a USB port. Any recommendations as to a reliable tool to use to zero the drive? I have access to several Windows, Linux and Mac computers, so I don't care what OS it runs on.
Someone must have zeroed out a Mini SSD
, given the volume they sold. Any hard-won experience to share?