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monsieur_toolhouse monsieur_toolhouse is offline
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Default Replaced HDD with Sabertooth ZF - cable issues - 03-31-2011, 10:06 PM

I bought a sabertooth ZF 32GB SSD from Amazon to "upgrade" from the original 80GB slow magnetic disk (which was getting some bad blocks and getting ready to die). Unfortunately the ZIF connector on the drive is different enough that the ZIF flex cable in the mini 12 doesn't fully go into it. There's 1mm more necessary for the electrical contacts to touch properly and what's holding it back is a kapton ridge built into the flex cable. I was able to remove this ridge using a microscope and special tools and a lot of patience, but others will want to research buying a zif cable instead.

Otherwise the drive seems nice and fast. 18 second boot into xubuntu from power button push to login prompt. I can run benchmarks if you like, just let me know what you'd like to see and I'll run them.

Oh, I recommend buying an external 1.8" USB drive enclosure when you do buy a replacement disk, that way you can access the old disk using the new one.
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Default Ssd - 04-02-2011, 08:29 PM

I don't have a Mini 12, I have a Dell Latitude D430, also has a 12" screen and the same 1.8" Zif drive. I bought a Renice 32gb ssd Zif dive, really made a BIG difference in the overall speed of the laptop, along with the boot times. The Renice came with a USB enclosure for your old drive, bought the Renice from My Digital Discount.

My Flagship Rig: XPS I7 930 2.8ghz 12gb Ram 120gb OCZ SSD ATI Radeon 5830 W7 Ult Asus G73SW I7 2.0GHZ QuadCore 12gb Ram 120gb OCZ Ssd Nvidia GTX460 Dell Latitude E6400 Intel 2.4ghz Core2 Duo 40gb Intel Ssd 4gb Ram
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