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How to update an old notebook with a SATA SSD (that I already have)?

I know there are adapters available, but they apparently don't fit in a laptop because the dimensions of the SSD and PATA drive are the same.

Is it possible to use such an adapter with a notebook?

Gateway MT3705.

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No, or at least not easily.

Technically there are at least these three ways to use your current SSD in your notebook. Neither of them seem worth it.

  • You will either need to use the convertor to convert the PATA signal to SATA, and use a cable (due to the lack of remaining space in the drive bay) to the SATA SSD somewhere in the laptop. That can work, but it is a kludge. Airflow inside the laptop may be impeded. Not my preferred solution.
  • Or use the convertor and a smaller SATA SSD. These do exist, but you wrote that you already have a (regular) SATA SSD. And if you would need to buy a new (smaller) SSD you might as well buy a PATA SSD. So technically an option, but not sensible in practise.
  • Or use some soldering skills on a laptop board (*shudder*) to remove the PATA connector to another location. Essentially making more space near the drive bay. This is not something to do unless you are very good at soldering.
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Someone has managed to pull off the first solution and cram the result in the drive bay. They used a very slim SATA-to-IDE board taped to the bottom of the drive and soldered the SATA connectors to it. Possible, but ... yuck. –  David Schwartz Dec 16 '12 at 1:22
    
@DavidSchwartz It's always interesting to watch kludge jobs not quite make it through the drop test. –  Fiasco Labs Dec 16 '12 at 1:25
    
@FiascoLabs - You making a habit of dropping your notebook/laptop? –  Ramhound Dec 16 '12 at 1:53
    
No, but life happens. Good kludgers engineer for it. –  Fiasco Labs Dec 16 '12 at 2:03

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