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Putting a New Hard Drive Into a Very Old Laptop

I will soon be in possession of a compaq armada 1530 dm with windows 95 and I am worried with a hard drive of this age that it doesn't have much life left in it. My laptop knowledge is rather limited so I have a few questions about replacing the hard drive and what way would be best to go about doing this.

Would it be possible to ghost the drive onto a 2gb partition on a small SSD?

Would it be possible to use a 2gb DOM SSD?

Would it be practical to use a CF card adapter such as this:
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Or is there a better option?

I like playing with old hardware and I'm familiar with virtual PCs, just thought I'd put that out there.

Thanks!
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  1. That laptop will not have sata ports, you're looking at finding an old ata drive and then you might run into the old 136gb wall with it too; so you have some researching to do. Good luck.
  2. popatim said:
    That laptop will not have sata ports, you're looking at finding an old ata drive and then you might run into the old 136gb wall with it too; so you have some researching to do. Good luck.


    There are ide 2.5 inch sata drives, is it possible to format them for use with windows 95?
  3. Phytocircuit said:
    There are ide 2.5 inch sata drives, is it possible to format them for use with windows 95?

    You can't install a SATA drive in that laptop, it's PATA only.
  4. Crap, sorry, didn't mean to type SATA, was thinking along the lines of this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Kingspec-128GB-Solid-Notebook-Laptop/dp/B00HWOYY72/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1406584108&sr=8-4&keywords=ide+ssd

    Or an SD or CF to IDE adapter
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    Kind of a waste to use a drive that costs more than the entire laptop is worth but it just might work. Understand though that you won't have trim support.
  6. If that laptop's BIOS has INT13 limitations you won't even make it to the 137GB barrier.
  7. IDE drive = ebay 30 to 120 gig $10 to $25
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