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Default Trouble reloading a dell inspiron mini 910 - 12-17-2010, 06:39 PM

Hi Guys, new to this site
I was given one of these earlier this week, it had a broken screen, but have since sorted with a new one, the netbook had xp on and booted nicely, then i tried to reinstall the os via usb dvdrw and a dell xp home disk, it will recognise the usb dvd, will start to load the new os, but when i get to format part of the installation, a message comes up saying that windows cant format the drive.
i tried ubuntu, that wont format it either, tried gparted to no avail.
any help[ would be appreciated.
i want to get is up n running for my 10 yr old son.
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Default 12-17-2010, 10:59 PM

If both Windows and Ubuntu see the SSD but can't format it, I expect the SSD has failed.

As for a replacement drive, the Mini 9 only accepts specialized SSDs. You should be able to get a 16GB one for, I dunno, $60 maybe. A smaller or used one should be cheaper.


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Default 12-18-2010, 08:45 AM

thanx for the reply. i suspected that, i can run live linux but its slow to load and never stores the settings. will look into getting a new ssd
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Default 12-18-2010, 02:13 PM

I'll add that you can install and run full Linux on a Flash drive (I'd recommend 4GB or 8GB or more).

Or you can create a LiveUSB with persistence to save settings and a small amount of user files. The normal LiveUSB creator should have the option to enable persistence. A 1GB or 2GB flash drive would be adequate.

The big disadvantages of a USB drive system are performance and the chance of breaking the drive off A fast flash drive probably won't be bad, though, since many Mini 9 SSDs aren't that fast in the first place.


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Default 12-21-2010, 10:52 AM

i used LiLi usb creator to make a live version of ubuntu, the bigest problem was it wouldnt save settings, does LiLi have the persistence option
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