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Default Re: Dell Mini 9 Modded for 128GB SSD - 04-11-2009, 03:45 AM

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I'm actually more interested to see what alternatives besides Runcore that we can use with this "mod". I'm sure there must be some more varieties of 70mm SSDs since it's for the EEE.
I was just thinking, rather than launching into this Dremel mod that breaks my warrantee, would it be possible to orient a 70mm SSD lengthwise across the WWAN and SSD bays?

Missing a connector, the WWAN bay is useless for many of us anyway. All you would need is a PCIe extender LIKE THIS and a little scrap ribbon cable for soldering to maybe create a 90-degree turn.
If your Mini needed to go back to Dell for service, you could just remove the extender and put your original STEC SSD back in.
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Default Re: Dell Mini 9 Modded for 128GB SSD - 04-11-2009, 04:14 PM

A great idea to turn it sideways and have the full 128 gigs without having to do any shaving of the case. However if your going to use a ribbon cable to make that happen, why not set it up so that you can connect 2 SSD's to the end connectors and perhaps the mini-9 will read them both as a single drive or worst case it wont work and youll still be stuck with the 128 gig drive....if you bought one for about $390 not including S&H. Remember to get the PATA model since the mini-9 does not support SATA.

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Lets see a 64 gig "half length" card for mini-9 is about $220 not including S&H and the 128 gig drive is only $170 more. you end up with a card that is able to hold twice as much info for less than twice the cost. Sounds like a deal to me. But I'm a poor broke dude so saving up for the drive and getting a dremel will take time. For those that can afford it, I say go for it and enjoy the extra space for whatever your doing with your mini-9.


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Default Re: Dell Mini 9 Modded for 128GB SSD - 04-11-2009, 08:42 PM

I was thinking about some kind of an L shape connector but now is too late


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Default Re: Dell Mini 9 Modded for 128GB SSD - 04-13-2009, 08:00 PM

I cant seem to get the screw mounts out of the board by a soldering iron. Anyone else have any other ideas to get them out?
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Default Re: Dell Mini 9 Modded for 128GB SSD - 04-13-2009, 10:00 PM

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I cant seem to get the screw mounts out of the board by a soldering iron. Anyone else have any other ideas to get them out?
You need to have a good iron that can put out enough heat, also it may help to hold the tip at the base where the mount is soldered on for 10-15 seconds, then move it to the opposite side of the same post to make sure you get it evenly heated so the solder softens - yours might not be getting hot enough, or just not holding it down long enough perhaps?
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Default Re: Dell Mini 9 Modded for 128GB SSD - 04-15-2009, 10:56 AM

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How much are those drives 400 bucks? I thought I was sick buying the 32gb for 220. Oh well, seems pretty cool.
I got a 64gb for $192 (but I got $20 cash back)
I meant 64gb but I was tired and typed 32gb. No cash back for me.

I would do this if someone developed the L shaped extender.
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Default Re: Dell Mini 9 Modded for 128GB SSD - 04-15-2009, 11:02 AM

An L-shaped extender would be freaking awesome.. I am always leary about doing case mods to a notebook type device..


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Default Re: Dell Mini 9 Modded for 128GB SSD - 04-16-2009, 06:08 PM

If the part number for the mini-pci-e socket can be found (or a suitable replacement), an l-adapter would be far from impossible.
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Default Re: Dell Mini 9 Modded for 128GB SSD - 04-16-2009, 07:19 PM

I ordered a replacement connector from mouser electronics... when it arrives I'll check to see if it's the same thing.


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Default Re: Dell Mini 9 Modded for 128GB SSD - 04-17-2009, 10:10 AM

how about a flex cable extender, i believe that i saw some that might work.
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