Is this Possible?

By lludacrisboy ยท 6 replies
Mar 13, 2008
  1. OK so i have a laptop that has a regular IDE drive 80 Gigs.
    Is it possible to replace that drive with a new Solid State Drive. They seem to be the same size and all and are both IDE so why wouldn't it work?
    Let me know your thoughts and concerns about what you think.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    If it's an IDE drive, then the innner workings are totally irrelevant. You can use a normal IDE HDD or a IDE SSD of a CF card with an IDE adapter or a midget+pen+paper with an IDE adapter.

    Just make sure that your new device fits in the slot - notebook hard drives may have different thickness.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,173   +989

    Not a good idea! Solid State devices use EPROM technology to save the data
    into the chips. They are not intended to be used as a 100% day-to-day HD with paging
    and high volatility of data, but rather as interim, portable devices for backups and relocation to other systems.

    EPROM R/W has limited write cycles and the device will fail when that limit is reached.

  4. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,477   +126

    Wow I can't believe they're going back to TANDY Corp Computers (Radio Shack back in the late 80's) Idea where there weren't any HDD just soild state chips. That idea did work but no one would buy the PCs. I did try to sell them on the idea back then. Today those are smaller. Some Linux users are using SD HC which are up to 32GB now for storage read/write to memory.
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Uhm.. Have you ever wondered why are they selling all these laptops with SSD storage then? With three-year warranties?
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,173   +989

    help me out this morning -- are you confirming or denying the aligation ? :wave:
  7. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,477   +126

    Okay SSD then
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