T20-T23 Series and T30 specific matters only. NOT for T25-Retro.
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Just chiming in with my restoration projects on the T23 and T30, I bought some cheap chinese msata to pata converters, coupled with some Intel 313 24GB SLC mSATA SSDs (the only reasonably priced SLC SSD I could find in this form factor...), and they work great! Response times are better, no moving parts to deal with, and they are lighter than the HDD. SLC is what I went with because it doesn't need TRIM, something these machines don't support, so SLC was the only acceptable route. Weirdly enough, the T43p doesn't agree with this method...I will probably be putting the same setup into the 600E down the road as well. Glad not to deal with spinning drives any longer.
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The problem with the T43p is that its HDD port is actually SATA, but passes through a SATA-PATA bridge chip. Having two SATA-PATA bridge chips in the same port generally leads to problems (the mSATA adapter has a SATA-PATA bridge chip).
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I've put SSDs into several of my older laptops, to give them a bit more usable life.
BUT, the OS and SW is what is ultimately killing these older machines.
My T23 is stuck at Win-XP or a Lite Linux.
Even web surfing is a PiA, since the computer can't handle the graphics on most of the web sites.
I "think" the network connection is 10-baseT, so you also have a network bottleneck.
But for standalone word processing or spreadsheet work, it is just fine.
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