You can run a sata drive in old fashioned ide mode just fine. Get a sata III drive as they are just as cheap and are backwards compatable with sata I and sata II motherboards. If you don't have too many files, you can use your old drive and clone it to your new ssd using the hardrive software. I use maxblast 5.0 for seagate and maxtor drives. Only thing missing in ide mode is trim support, but you can live without it. I use ie privacy keeper 2.7 to clean up my sata drive everytime I leave explorer. With sata III, you can transfer it to your next laptop or desktop; few low and mid range laptops have sata III support; I use it on my desktop board.