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jiv
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Upgrading to SSD (T43)

Hello,

 

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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Re: Upgrading to SSD (T43)

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.

Cheers,

George




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jiv
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Re: Upgrading to SSD (T43)

Thanks for the reply, but how do I modify the motherboard to accept the SATA drive? (I'm a computer noob, sorry)

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Re: Upgrading to SSD (T43)

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.

 

Good luck.

Cheers,

George




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Re: Upgrading to SSD (T43)

In that case, I might just have to find a PATA HDD that's compatible. Option a is too costly and b won't work as I need the optical drive.

 

Thanks for the help!

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Re: Upgrading to SSD (T43)

Don't worry about compatibility - any 9.5mm laptop PATA drive will work just fine.

 

Good luck.

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George




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Re: Upgrading to SSD (T43)

I've read that the T43 has some issues with most HDDs though. Apparently there are only a few outdated HDDs that work with it.

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Re: Upgrading to SSD (T43)

No.

 

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.

 

Good luck.

Cheers,

George




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jiv
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Re: Upgrading to SSD (T43)

Alright, thanks for the advise.
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Re: Upgrading to SSD (T43)

Hello.

 

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.

 

Yours

Kaare