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Smile "STEC PATA" VS "SSD" (or is this same thing?) - 05-13-2009, 08:33 AM

Please help me.

I am an Australian dell mini 9 user.

I bought the laptop 4 weeks ago.

On the box it says "16gb ssd" (for my hard drive)

Dell had to come and change my hard drive as it was corrupt from the start.

When they changed it, i looked up in the properties / bios and now its says

"STEC PATA 16 GB"

I am really worried now that they have fitted a different hard drive to what i paid for??


I dont know what its sad before they changed the hard drive, all i know is it says on box

"16gb SSD"

so, now i want to know - do ai call dell and demand they replace my hard drive with a 16gb ssd"


or - have i got the right hard drive and its the same thing / same brand?

or a different slower model??

please help.
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Default 05-13-2009, 08:40 AM

STEC = manufacturer
SSD = solid state disk, meaning it is flash, not rotating media.
16GB = capacity
PATA = parallel ATA - the interface used to connect to the mini.

You're all good. The STEC PATA 16GB is a 16GB SSD. Otherwise it'll be like asking them to phone up demanding that they replace your Ford Focus with a Car...!
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Default 05-13-2009, 08:56 AM

wow

ok

i see

ok, so u are certain that i got what i originally paid for right??

and the PATA thing is no less better than what i may have had before?


how about the STEC = manufacturer
is that a normal manufacturer?

i guess i am worried that is is not a "ssd"

as it does not refer to "ssd" in any way at all??? in my bios/properties.



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STEC = manufacturer
SSD = solid state disk, meaning it is flash, not rotating media.
16GB = capacity
PATA = parallel ATA - the interface used to connect to the mini.

You're all good. The STEC PATA 16GB is a 16GB SSD. Otherwise it'll be like asking them to phone up demanding that they replace your Ford Focus with a Car...!
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Default 05-13-2009, 09:08 AM

STEC is the Original Equipment Manufacturer. That means that the stock SSD drive Dell puts inside their Mini 9's is made by STEC. As mp3corsa said, you're fine. You don't have to worry because you can't put anything but an SSD drive in the mini PCIe slot. Even if the BIOS specifically doesn't say SSD, you have an SSD in there.


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Default 05-13-2009, 11:33 AM

ok

kool

i hope this is all good then

cheers
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STEC is the Original Equipment Manufacturer. That means that the stock SSD drive Dell puts inside their Mini 9's is made by STEC. As mp3corsa said, you're fine. You don't have to worry because you can't put anything but an SSD drive in the mini PCIe slot. Even if the BIOS specifically doesn't say SSD, you have an SSD in there.
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