I have an old laptop that has a 30 GB HDD (IDE 2.5") and I thought of giving it a little boost by replacing the HDD for a SSD.

Would there be any compatibility problems if do that ?
Does Windows XP support SSDs ?


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Windows XP supports SSDs, no problem here.

Although the SSD market for 2.5" drives using the PATA interface has been largely ignored, some manufacturers (e.g. Transcend, KingSpec) do offer those. Also make sure to get an SLC type SSD for better performance (as opposed to MLC)).

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    Yes, SLC drives will conquer performance benchmarks, and should have a greater lifetime. But MLC drives are far cheaper per GB, while still offering excellent performance compared to HDDs. So MLC is the probably the most sensible option for most people.
    – sblair
    Nov 28, 2009 at 16:51
  • Too bad there are no SLC PATA 2.5 SSDs of a decent capacity. The larger one I've found has only 16 GB.
    – GetFree
    Nov 28, 2009 at 17:57
  • didn;t you check the link in my post? "Interface: PATA, Flash Type: SLC, Capacity: 8GB 16GB 32GB 64GB 128GB"
    – Molly7244
    Nov 28, 2009 at 18:31
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    however, this rather old laptop of yours may not be worth spending big bucks ona big SSD, so if i were you i'd go for the cheapest model with only 8GB and use USB sticks as storage extension, if necessary. you get decent performance at a price that is reasonable when you consider the age of the laptop. my eee 701 only has a 4 GB SSD which is plenty, i'm using SDHC as extension.
    – Molly7244
    Nov 28, 2009 at 18:35
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    TigerDirect? tigerdirect.com/applications/category/…
    – Molly7244
    Nov 28, 2009 at 19:36

How old are we talking? I just put an SSD in a Core 2 Duo Lenovo machine that's probably about 5 years old, it was like getting a new computer.

Modern computers seem to be bottle-necked more by HD speed than CPU. If we're talking a Pentium 3 though I'm not sure you'd see an appreciable difference.

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