SSD in an older computer Tags: SSD Computer Storage Product Last response: July 11, 2012 4:16 AM in Storage Share nacos July 11, 2012 3:48:18 AM I'm looking to put a Crucial M4 128gb SSD into an older desktop computer. I know I have an available SATA port on the motherboard, I was wondering if there were any other cables or adapters I would need. Thanks! More about : ssd older computer Anonymous a b G Storage July 11, 2012 3:53:53 AM no but if it is SATAII or 3Gbs you are not going to get the best performance . .but still worth an upgrade. m 0 l nacos July 11, 2012 3:55:27 AM What about getting power to it? I have 6 pin power plugs for several hard drives, but the Crucial M4 looks like it doesn't fit with those m 0 l Related resources What is causing rebuilt computer to lag? Older machine, SSD, Win7 - Forum Older computer's compatibility with a SSD? - Forum Selling an older computer - Data Lacation - Forum New SSD and HDD + older HDD - Forum add an internal hard drive from an older computer another computer - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Anonymous a b G Storage July 11, 2012 3:56:53 AM what PSU do you have? the 6 pin plugs are for graphics. chances are you might need one of these : StarTech 6" 4 Pin Molex to SATA Power Cable Adapter $2.99 m 0 l nacos July 11, 2012 3:58:25 AM 4 pin, my bad! It's also older, 430 watts, not sure what brand. m 0 l Anonymous a b G Storage July 11, 2012 3:59:49 AM look up m 0 l rdc85 a b G Storage July 11, 2012 4:02:35 AM As long it had Sata II and sata power cables from the psu.... (if not u will need tho buy molex to sata adaptor, edit : as pic above) Even the old desktop just used for simple office task or browsing or watching movie... it will breath new life into it with ssd... edit: don't forget to set to aschi in the bios and leave only ssd connected when installing os... m 0 l nacos July 11, 2012 4:03:16 AM Yes that's what I'm looking for. Are there any other adapters I would need? Will I need an IDE connecter adapter as well? m 0 l Anonymous a b G Storage July 11, 2012 4:05:38 AM i thought you had a sata port? that takes a SATA data cable http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... m 0 l rdc85 a b G Storage July 11, 2012 4:07:43 AM nacos said:Yes that's what I'm looking for. Are there any other adapters I would need? Will I need an IDE connecter adapter as well? did the motherboard had sata II port? If it only had sata I or IDE port in the mobo then SSD is not worth it.... (please make sure before u buy the ssd) It'll bottleneck the ssd so the performance will same as normal HDD............. m 0 l nacos July 11, 2012 4:08:25 AM Yes, I have a sata port, but on the M4 the data pins look quite a bit longer than SATA. Just wondering if thats going to work m 0 l Anonymous a b G Storage July 11, 2012 4:10:42 AM what motherboard do you have . .lets make sure. m 0 l nacos July 11, 2012 4:11:00 AM This is only a short fix while I save up to build a new computer, I'll be moving the ssd to a newer setup eventually so I don't mind if it doesn't preform at it's full potential m 0 l nacos July 11, 2012 4:12:03 AM I didn't build the computer so I'm not sure what motherboard, but it's definitely got sata 2 as well as IDE m 0 l rdc85 a b G Storage July 11, 2012 4:13:49 AM Err in that case go ahead,... btw as looniam says what mobo do you have just to make sure....... Edit : there is 2 port in SSD, the sata port and sata power port the shorter one is for sata cables to the mobo (data), the longer for sata power from PSU? Is that what u means by "data pins look quite a bit longer than SATA"? m 0 l Anonymous a b G Storage July 11, 2012 4:16:24 AM ok. sata I is only 157 MBs transfer, sata II is 300MBs and sata III is 600MBs. so it does take sata III to exceed the ~550MBs of most good SSDs. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedAre SSD drives interchangable between SATA and newer versions (SATA3 now available)? I have older A8N-LA Mobo. 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