When I ordered my mini I also ordered the DVD drive to make reloading the OS and installing software simpler. After I got everything yesterday I aligned the partition on the 64 GB RunCore SSD
and put it in the computer. To preserve the alignment I decided to reinstall XP from scratch instead of cloning the drive.
But the â€śMade for Dellâ€ť DVD player made by IOGear would not work. As soon as the drive spun down during pauses in the install it would report errors instead of spinning up and resuming. I could copy files and installed other software just fine using this drive. It was only when I tried to install XP the drive failed. I went to a local Fryâ€™s and bought a USB drive made by Buffalo which worked fine.
If anyone is relying on this drive to reinstall the OS be wary. The one I had worked with a software install that did not pause during the installation and only failed when I tried to install XP. I thought having the DVD would make things much easier than making a bootable flash drive but at this point I wonder if that alternative would have been less trouble.
As soon as I get an RMA number the drive is going back to Dell.
Has anyone else tried to load XP with this drive? I am curious if I just had a bad sample or if this is a firmware problem in the drive common to all of them.