Upgrading the SSD and memory in your Dell Mini 9 Netbook

Netbooks are the newest thing in mobile computing. No-frills, affordable, and small, these systems are ideal for people looking second computers, first computers for children, people who want to travel more lightly.

With that in mind, the Dell Mini 9 has grown into one of the most popular netbook systems, but it ships with limited memory and hard drive space-so upgrading the SSD and DRAM can be the most effective, affordable way boost performance.

And it's easy to do on your own, believe it or not!

Here's how it's done. First, it's time to ground yourself. (This is essential because static electricity can damage your module and other computer parts.) To make sure you are working in a static-safe environment, briefly touch an unpainted metal part of your computer case. Plant your feet-don't walk around. If you do need to walk around, ground yourself again before touching any of the internal parts of your computer.

After this is done, remove the battery. Turn the system over and depress the power switch, allowing the computer to cycle down. Next, you'll access the memory bay. To do this, remove the two screws on the memory bay's cover.

You should see both the memory slot and the mini SSD. To remove the memory, depress the clips that hold the module in place; it should pop out at a 45-degree angle. Gently pull the module out. Insert the new memory by placing the replacement module in the slot and gently pressing down.

Next, you'll remove the system's SSD. You'll start by removing the two hex screws that secure the SSD. Like the memory module, the SSD will pop out at a 45 degree angle. Pull out and replace by inserting the new SSD at a 45 degree angle. Gently press into place. Replace the hex screws.

To finish up, replace the bay cover and replace the two screws that hold it into place. Place the battery back into its place. And turn on the system-your Dell Mini 9 should be good to go.