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Default Mini 9 reliability? - 11-11-2008, 02:32 PM

My eagerly awaited new Mini 9 should arrive today!

In the meantime I have been reading these forums and getting a little worried about the failures (especially SSD failures) that folks are reporting.

I normally don't buy extended warranties as I can usually fix my own stuff for less cost, but I am wondering if the Mini 9 is basically unreliable and that I should purchase a warranty.

Any thoughts on this?
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Default Re: Mini 9 reliability? - 11-11-2008, 03:24 PM

What would a warranty cost?

If the SSD is your main concern, that'll be covered for the first year. And if it gives out after a year, think of what you'll be able to get SSD-wise in a year for the amount the warranty would cost.

I know a warranty covers more than just the SSD, but if that's your concern, that is one way to look at it...

Enjoy your Mini...I sure do!


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Default Re: Mini 9 reliability? - 11-12-2008, 03:32 AM

Jeff was right. When the warranty expires, you will be facing more pleasant choices of SSD, bigger capacity and faster, much faster.

Even if you worry over data loss. Try backing up the system from time to time. I myself ghost the whole disk once big changes have been made, and backup daily work documents and firefox bookmarks to an SD card on a daily basis.

**** happens, regardless whether it's Mini or XPS, SSD or HDD. Just do the normal thing we've already learned from years of numerous crashes. :mrgreen:
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Default Re: Mini 9 reliability? - 11-12-2008, 02:47 PM

No matter what system you have making backups is essential.

I also use Norton Ghost whenever a significant change is made to my system.

It beats the pants off of sitting through an entire "scratch" install.

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Default Re: Mini 9 reliability? - 11-12-2008, 02:56 PM

Outside of having to manually backup your data, dell offers you a free 2gb account with dell datasafe that automatically backs up the data you decide you want, at the interval you decide you want.

While not enough to back up an entire system, it is enough to backup my "critial" data. Just sure on hear(upper right) or google for dell data safe.
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Default Re: Mini 9 reliability? - 11-12-2008, 07:17 PM

I was not worried about data loss, I was concerned about the number of hardware failures being reported in these forums and I was wondering if Dell had some design issues that resulted in these failures.

I took a look at the Dell service contract prices. Interesting that they will only sell you a second year of service for $99. No 3 year contracts.

Anyway, I think that I will stick with the one year warranty as you guys recommend.
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