You don't know til you try . . .

SATA SSD into an IDE only laptop.

, posted: 2-Feb-2013 19:07

Why you ask?
17", 1920x1200 resolution
This will be hacked into an industrial application so the fewer moving
parts the better.

We start with a Dell Inspirion 9300.

The current going rate on trademe is nz$150-200.
Pretty good for a 17" 1920x1200 display.
Not the fastest processor but enough for my application. PentiumM

Depending on what you are doing you could use a SD/CF to 44pin ide adaptor.
A lot less effort but you are limited to slow performance.
You can still buy IDE SSD's but they suffer from first generation controller issues.
Intermittent freezing, poor speed.

-Options left were
1. SATA to USB adaptor
2. 44pin IDE to Sata adaptor
3. IDE CDRom to SATA tray.

While the seek times would still be great the transfers would max out at usb2, 30 Mbytes /s

It won't fit in the original HDD drive bay.
Not a major as in this case the PCMCIA is on top of the bay.
Removing this makes enough room to keep it all in there.
Unfortunately the adaptor does not work 100%.
It boots and then the drive disappears.
Not sure if it is a os thing.

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Fit wasn't great so had to strip it down to bare bones.
The bios would not boot off the drive directly as it was not detected as an optical drive.

A. You can modify the boot loader on the primary drive to boot from the second drive.
Not the best as we are trying to eliminate that drive.

B. Boot from USB and point to the second drive.
Now you have a usb sticking out of the machine.

C. Could not boot from SD reader, no bios option.

This BIOS complains hard when there is no primary HDD.
Stalls boot for 60 seconds before giving a continue message.
So I will get a SD to 44pin IDE adaptor to shut it up and keep things tidy internally.

Until that arrives I will modify the USB Stick into a more streamline configuration.

We are limited to IDE/ATA100 speed, 90Mbyte/s actual ?

Further modifications on this machine might involve putting on bigger heatsinks for complete silent operation.

To make the USB boot stick I used

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Comment by alexx, on 17-Feb-2013 19:33

> B. Boot from USB and point to the second drive.
> Now you have a usb sticking out of the machine.

Why not use one of the very small USB drives like SanDisk Cruiser Fit or similar? Only a few mm protruding, or is even that a problem in this case?

Interesting project - what OS are you using?

Author's note by MrWestie, on 27-Feb-2013 11:16

I wondered if such small usb memory existed. Thanks for the tip. I assumed so as the wireless receivers for keyboards and mice are so small now.  Running Win7

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