Solid State Disks with IDE Interface


I have an old desktop PC with only IDE interfaces for connecting a hard disk. I want to change the old hard disk and I'm thinking to get an SSD (I don't need a lot of space). I know that to take full advantage of the SSD speed you need a SATA interface, but still I think the performance will be better than the old disk.

I can see there are a few SSDs in the market with IDE interface. However, I noticed that on most of them, there is no connector for power (as I can see from the photos). Is this normal? or is it because power can be delivered via the IDE cable?

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Jean-Christophe GALLANDKorea R&D DirectorCommented:
I think the power is delivered through the cable. But you might consider buying a regular SATA SSD (cheaper) and and IDE to SATA adaptor.
IDE to SATA adaptor

This takes some space but you have a desktop, not a laptop, so you should easily find some space in the case to squeeze it.
Those disks are probably 2.5" disks built for laptops, and the laptop IDE connector holds both, the data and power on the same plug. So if you are going to use one of those in a desktop PC, you would have to get an adapter for 2.5" IDE to 3.5" IDE, and that adapter would then have both, an IDE data connection and the Molex Power adapter.

But as mentioned above, It is probably better to get a standard SATA SSD and use an IDE to SATA adapter to connect it to the PC.

Personally though I see no point at all in wasting money on an SSD and the adapter for a PC that old. If you see any improvement in speed, it'll be very small, if there is any at all.

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web_trackerComputer Service TechnicianCommented:
I believe that a motherboard that only has a ide connectors would probably mean that you have either a PIII or an early model of a PIV computer. Which also means you probably an fit no more than 2gb of ram. I agree with Rindi that the computer is too slow to get any benefits of using an ssd drive as improvements will be minimal. It is possible the bios may not even be able to read a ssd drive. I would not waste your money on buying this type of drive for a computer this slow. You can buy a cheap newer model of computer for very cheap off of kijiji or other places similar to kijiji. Time to retire that old computer.
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