This info applies ONLY to the Acer Aspire One AOA110L (a.k.a zg5) that come with the 8Gb SSD
(it does NOT apply the Acer Aspire One that comes with a hard drive … they use a standard 2.5" SATA hard drive, the motherboard is different, and the plastic case is slightly larger on the bottom)
I had another SSD failure on one of my AA1’s the other day, and had run out of replacements … the 16Gb Super Talent replacement SSD’s I’ve used previously were all sold out, and the 32Gb version was over £90 which is ridiculous.
Hmm, what to do ? … I had no intention of spending over £90 on an old netbook, that’s more than the damn thing’s worth…
I’d previously seen this tutorial for replacing the SSD with a 1.8" HDD:
but had been seriously put off by the comments where everyone seems to have problems fitting the ZIF ribbon cable into the HDD
I can report the replacement went well, and I now have a 60Gb HDD in one of my AA1’s … it’s faster than the stock SSD, and those annoying I/O pauses are a thing of the past
The stock ZIF ribbon cable from the SSD fitted straight in (after some initial effort).
Bit of further info on fitting the ZIF cable -
The ribbon cable goes in with the blue side UP (ie. blue side opposite the HDD’s circuit board)
And here’s where I think most people had problems
a) there’s a black clip that rotates upwards to allow insertion of the ribbon … but unlike the one on the SSD, it’s NOT at the front of the socket (slot side), it’s at the BACK of the socket, as pictured here:
b) the ribbon cable only goes in about 1.5 millimetres
Dunno what to tell you … I had exactly the same problem, I’m can only assume the HDD’s are incompatible.
It worked for a few days, then I started to get errors all over the place and failed completely … maybe the voltage is wrong or not stable enough, or maybe those 1.8" HDD’s are just shite … dunno.
I do know the AOA150 had the same motherboard but had a standard SATA connector … the SATA controller is still present on the AOA110L motherboard … so it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that you could solder one on.
dmesg | grep ata
clearly shows the SATA controller is present and being assigned resources by the kernel:-
first i bouht an 64gb zif ssd at the local store, it fit in well but did not worked. I took back, they tested it and agreed with me that it was defected, they can’t give a new one because that was the last one, so they gave back the money.
After i bought an zif to msata adapteer on ebay, but on that the ribbon cable was to thick, it did not fit.
There are ZIF, Reversed ZIF, LIF, and Reversed LIF
ZIF= Zero Insertion Force
LIF = Low Insertion Force
Reversed = the exposed contacts are on different sides of the cable.
(and there are even ZIF to LIF cables)
It may well be your cable, it may also be the HDD, or it may just be the case (if you’ve closed the case).
the reason I say it may be the case is I’ve just had another look at the AA1 with the Samsung HDD and if I opened the case it started working and stopped making that weird noise.
So I had a look and the HDD was being squashed between the motherboard and a plastic riser on the case (where one of the SSD screws went) squeezing it ever so slightly … I’ve just cut off that riser, bunged it all back together, and it’s now working properly (so far … fingers crossed)
What you have to bear in mind here is I’m no expert on this … I’ve done this ONCE (with an HDD, MANY times with an SSD), and I’ve had many problems along the way with the HDD
IIRC, at one point I was getting errors similar to yours, and it turned out to be the ZIF cable wasn’t seated properly in the HDD (which is a royal pain to do) … My point is, I’ll try to answer any questions, but don’t expect me to have all the answers here, as It’s still a work in progess even for me
What’s really p*ssed me off is I’ve just reaalised I’ve put it all back together WITHOUT the RAM expansion … so it’s all gonna have to come apart again … Aaaargh :
What make and model of HDD are you attempting to fit ?
No problem, I suppose that the scope of the forum is share experience also, not only have the right answer!
The HDD is HS030GB, declared compatible with AspireOne by the seller.
I replaced the original cable and I tried two one with the same bad result. Also the seller of cable declared that are compatible with Samsung HDD.
Only a note: is the difference between reversed are not are only the side of the contact, there is no issue using one or the other, if I connect the cable in the right side of the connector. Correct?
I removed some plastic from the case and I used tape to fix the HDD. Also I added 512 of RAM.
As a post script it is now possible to purchase 32GB ZG5 compatible Super Talent cards for approx £27 and the 64 GB card for £38 although I might have purchased the last one! The cards fit without any case modifications although some might struggle, as I did, to remove the zif cable block from the original SSD as the double sided medium used is very adhesive.
Before emabrking on an SSD / HDD replacement what is the best way to back up the Peppermint OS6 on the old SSD to be restored to the new SSD / HDD without having to reinstall OS6?