07-29-2011 04:26 AM
I have a T43 (1872A3) that I bought in 2005. It still works fine but the HDD is insufficient for my needs and seems to be getting slower. I've been thinking of upgrading to a larger HDD or SSD but am worried that it will not be compatible. Would appreciate any advice on this issue, thanks.
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07-29-2011 01:58 PM
Welcome to the forum!
Three solutions exist regarding T43 and SSD:
a) Obtain a PATA SSD. These are pretty rare and quite expensive.
b) Get a SATA SSD and run it from UltraBay using the UltraBay hard drive adapter.
c) Modify the motherboard to natively accept a SATA drive.
I currently have options b and c working in my household, and am a very happy camper. YMMV.
07-30-2011 08:39 AM
Nothing for you to be sorry for.
If you are a computer noob as you say, just scratch that option out.
I've been toying with ThinkPads for over a decade and had someone else do it for me...not an easy operation to perform.
07-30-2011 05:17 PM
Don't worry about compatibility - any 9.5mm laptop PATA drive will work just fine.
07-31-2011 06:57 AM
Any laptop PATA 9.5mm hard drive will work.
The drives that are not white-listed in BIOS will throw a "2010 error" on boot but will function regardless of the warning.
A modded BIOS is availeble for those annoyed by this (harmless in my not-so-limited-experience) error and warning.
08-11-2011 07:18 AM
I have a T43 (2668) that I have run with a KingSpec128 GB PATA SSD since January 2010. I have also upgraded the prossessor (2.26/533MHz) and RAM (2 Gb). All purcasted on EBay. Clean installation with W7 and with no trouble since. Windows performance for HDD are 6.0.