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SSD Capacity supported by T42P

#1 Post by BlueFalcon » Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:51 pm

Hello friends.

I purchased a used Ibm Thinkpad T42P to use legacy softwares/o.s (windows 98 se / windows xp) and linux to use a modern operational system.

I had some desktops but..... I need to talk to you.... I hurt wires! I will use only mobile devices, it's very clean and looks very good on house.

I will use only this device until to buy a new notebook next year, so, the upgrade will be welcome!

I read about people which upgraded successfully a T42 using msata and an adapter.

Since that I bought this computer for my use and I will not sell it, I want to upgrade this device.

The computer already has 2gb ram installed, and I purchased a Pentium M 765 to upgrade cpu (PM 745 already installed) and an adapter 1.8" to 2.5"

So, my doubt is about the max capacity supported by bios this computer.

Someone already test a 1tb hd/msata drive on this computer? Or this device is limited by 500gb?

Thank you very much to read my post!

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Re: SSD Capacity supported by T42P

#2 Post by Hierax_ca » Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:12 am

I would think a T42p should work with 1TB mSATA -- I've got an older A31p running with 500gb mSATA (1TB was too much) and a newer T43pS with a 2TB SSD -- so, 500gb should be safe bet.

Also, for more storage, consider you can put another HDD/SSD in the UltraBay (probably up to 2TB), and/or spare unused USB port(s) could be fitted with affordable SanDisk UltraFits which run up to 256gb and barely stick out at all (e.g., I use one for a full music library).
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Re: SSD Capacity supported by T42P

#3 Post by BlueFalcon » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:30 pm

Thank you for your post. I purchased a samsung 860 evo, 1 tb, I will say if will work normally.

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Re: SSD Capacity supported by T42P

#4 Post by w0qj » Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:46 pm

Just curious, so did your Samsung Evo 860 SSD of 1 TB capacity work on your T42p ?
I suspect your 1 TB SSD is a SATA interface SSD, so would not fit into the Parallel ATA (PATA) interface of T42p.

The T42/T42p era used Parallel ATA (PATA) Hard Drive, and back then, even a 120 GB Hard Drive is very large back then.
I did use a 120 GB 7200 RPM HDD at one point for my T42 (which is not T42p), then upgraded to a similar size Transcend PATA SSD.

(The numerous very-short system freeze-up under Win XP when using this Transcend PATA SSD scared the ** out of me.
But from actual 1+ year of using this PATA SSD, there was no data corruption from those very-short system freeze-up.)

[Edit: Sorry, just saw your above Jan'2019 forum posting for the first time today in March'2019]
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Re: SSD Capacity supported by T42P

#5 Post by papa2000 » Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:08 am

I would figure a T42p should work with 1TB mSATA - I have a more seasoned A31p running with 500gb mSATA (1TB was excessively) and a more current T43pS with a 2TB SSD - in this way, 500gb ought to be sure thing.

Additionally, for more stockpiling, think of you as can put another HDD/SSD in the UltraBay (presumably up to 2TB), as well as extra unused USB port(s) could be fitted with reasonable SanDisk UltraFits which keep running up to 256gb and scarcely stand out by any means (e.g., I utilize one for a full music library).
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Re: SSD Capacity supported by T42P

#6 Post by w0qj » Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:37 am

Do let us know if you actually try to endeavour this... we would be interested to know your results!

Other folks' attempts as below, fyi:
www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/39370/SSD+u ... -+companys+)
http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?t=110642

I used to have a T42 (note: not T42p) with "higher end specs", which was 1 GB RAM, 40 GB HDD, 1400x1050 SXGA+ LCD screen, etc.
I did retrofit my T42 with both Parallel ATA HDD and SSD which are up to 120 GB in size, which was huge in its day.

But I find it hard to imagine that T42p would work with a mSATA 1TB SSD (user retrofitted), using a stock IBM/ThinkPad BIOS...

***But then again, if you actually try to endeavour this... we would be interested to know your results!
papa2000 wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:08 am
I would figure a T42p should work with 1TB mSATA - I have a more seasoned A31p running with 500gb mSATA (1TB was excessively) and a more current T43pS with a 2TB SSD - in this way, 500gb ought to be sure thing.

Additionally, for more stockpiling, think of you as can put another HDD/SSD in the UltraBay (presumably up to 2TB), as well as extra unused USB port(s) could be fitted with reasonable SanDisk UltraFits which keep running up to 256gb and scarcely stand out by any means (e.g., I utilize one for a full music library).
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