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September 16, 2013 9:14:21 AM

Looking for opinions on whether this might be worth salvaging. I have a Dell Inspiron 1300 laptop - it's got to be 6 or 7 yrs old - that I would like to put back into use, but would love to have a much speedier boot and overall responsiveness than what it does. Does anyone know if its possible to soup one of these things up with an SSD? Or is it outdated enough that I'd be better off buying something new?

I have built a couple of homebuilt desktops, so I have no problem tinkering if something worthwhile is possible, just want to know what kind of chances I'm up against in a laptop form factor.

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September 16, 2013 9:26:30 AM

If you are planing to use the laptop for general WP and web surfing adding a 120GB ssd for about $80 is a worth while upgrade.
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September 16, 2013 9:30:16 AM

Mostly web based applications at a new job, but would also do some WP/light graphics work in Open Office, Gimp, etc. Really just an easy way to be able to work at my new office when I need to.

Any recommendations on manufacturers or models that I should look at or stay away from?

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September 16, 2013 9:40:32 AM

OCZ has been kind of hit or miss, Intel is a good (but pricy) option, Samsung is kind of the undisputed champ right now and make every part of their drives (results in better quality control). Kingstons are supposed to be pretty good along with some of the Corsair lines. Personally i have a Sandisk, Intel, OCZ, and Samsung, and the OCZ had a couple problems initially that worked themselves out, and the intel caused sleep/wake problems in my laptop. I moved it to my desktop and no problems, replaced it with a samsung 840 in my laptop and couldn't be happier.
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September 16, 2013 9:43:35 AM

Id look at a samsung 840 or 840 evo. Good prices and are highly rated. Dont worry about how long it will last although tlc SSDs have a shorter life than mlc "shorter" is still a really long time. With extremely high usage you'll still get 10 years out of it. For your kind of usage its hard to say but it will probably outlive the rest of the machine by a lot.
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September 16, 2013 10:02:53 AM

His drive is IDE. None of the ones above will work period!
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September 16, 2013 3:30:46 PM

Well, it looks like I am back to square one unless there is a viable IDE SSD. Happen to be within a 30 minute drive of Microcenter and they said the same thing when we looked at the existing HDD. They don't have an IDE to replace it with.

I guess I'll to go over to one of the other (notebook/laptop) forums and ask for some guidance on a low budget entry with SSD.
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September 17, 2013 10:36:12 AM

elvisruns said:
Well, it looks like I am back to square one unless there is a viable IDE SSD. Happen to be within a 30 minute drive of Microcenter and they said the same thing when we looked at the existing HDD. They don't have an IDE to replace it with.

I guess I'll to go over to one of the other (notebook/laptop) forums and ask for some guidance on a low budget entry with SSD.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

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