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Putting a New Hard Drive Into a Very Old Laptop

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  • Laptops
  • Windows
  • Windows 95
  • Hard Drives
  • Compaq
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July 27, 2014 6:56:16 PM

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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a b D Laptop
July 27, 2014 7:46:28 PM

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.
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July 27, 2014 7:48:29 PM

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?
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a b D Laptop
July 28, 2014 9:05:24 AM

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.
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a b D Laptop
July 28, 2014 2:59:52 PM

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.
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August 3, 2014 2:33:00 PM

If that laptop's BIOS has INT13 limitations you won't even make it to the 137GB barrier.
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October 8, 2014 12:59:01 PM

IDE drive = ebay 30 to 120 gig $10 to $25
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