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Can anyone recommend a fast reliable 2.5" IDE SSD for old laptop? I've come across this

[ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Transcend-TS64GSSD25-M-64GB-Internal-SSDMLC/dp/B001BPDEU6"]Transcend TS64GSSD25-M 64GB 2.5 Inch Internal SSDMLC (IDE): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories[/ame]



But there are complaints about speed of writes and reliability. The laptop is a Dell Inspiron 6000 and has a ATA133 controller. Also are there perhaps any drives with TRIM or garbage collection?

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Sure it will work but how old is the laptop? Is it even worth it?
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Its for my mum and its only used for light word processing and web browsing but the hard drive is constantly chugging when given puny tasks and really an SSD would just fix it and stop the clickerty clicks. But if im going to do this it needs to be reliable and it might as well max out interface ie 100MB/s around although i've seen the SLC version of that MLC SSD and it does 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write which is ok but im concerned it is 3 times the price on amazon.

[ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Transcend-TS64GSSD25S-S-64GB-Internal-SSDSLC/dp/B001BPDF46/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1318527869&sr=1-2"]Transcend TS64GSSD25S-S 64GB 2.5 Inch Internal SSDSLC (SATA): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories[/ame]


Just wondering if maybe it might be worth just settling for 80MB/s read 30MB/s write on the MLC.... hmm.


Anyone out there got one of these drives?
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post #4 of 18
Why not save £60 and just get a new 2.5" PATA drive Aria have a 160GB for £35.99

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/160GB+Samsung+HM160HC+2.5%22+IDE+%2F+PATA+Laptop+Hard+Drive+?productId=33977

You just need to check the laptop you have will work with a 160GB drive though.
    
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post #5 of 18
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That actually has a slower 4K speed than the existing hard drive although it does max the sequential. Also really id prefer a SSD with a higher 4K speed. Atm the 4K scores to beat are 34MB/s read 31MB/s write.
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Ok i'm gonna post back here as I can't really find anything recent about his topic online, i've made a handy little discovery that I think others could benefit from.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/9-5mm-IDE-Optical-Bay-Hard-Drive-Adapter-Caddy-/290605992657?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43a9778ad1#shId



CAD-9.5MM-IDE2-300x249.jpg


I've ordered this device and as a test im going to install my Force GT 120GB in it just to see what a solid performer SSD does maxed out on a ATA133 interface. Then if i feel happy il replace it with a cheaper 50GB OCZ vertex.

Il be back again to finalize this thread with the results of before and after ATTO after i've taken delivery tuesday.
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post #7 of 18
For the money, why not just get a new entry level netbook/laptop?
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I said this to my mum but it was a gift laptop and she's had it a while now so sentimental value too. becides it only used for word processing and browsing and I already upgraded the ram to the max 2GB and added windows 7 but other than going from the 1.8ghz to the 2.1ghz cpu there is only the possibility of a HD/SSD upgrade. Looking at all the older PATA SSD drives they all suffer from poor performance, high price and bugs. Using this converter at the sacrifice of the CDROM drive should afford me solid 120MB/s 4K and max sequential reads allowing for overhead on ATA133 interface. This should at least stop the annoying thrashing of the drive that's in there that struggles at 30MB 4K and 32MB/s max sequential and make stuff just pop up better and windows boot and shutdown quicker. Plus other people reading this may benefit from exploring this upgrade path if they also dont feel ready to buy new system. additionally this is a sata rack so the newer style drive can be swapped over to a new system should you decide after that a new system is worth it.
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post #9 of 18
I'm looking into this too for an old d600 laptop. Got my DVD/SataHDD caddy last week smile.gif

Just to confirm, would this drive max out the ATA133 bus?

It has:
- 185MB per second Read Speed
- 90MB per second Write Speed

Good price too at £53.99

(PS The caddy is an excellent addition, I've already tested it with a few Sata drives already, great upgrade).
Edited by ydna666 - 10/17/11 at 6:34am
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Originally Posted by ydna666;15340498 
ATA133 bus?

It has:
- 185MB per second Read Speed
- 90MB per second Write Speed

You do the math.
 
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