Need advice on installing solid state drive on an old pc

January 26, 2016 at 01:52:09
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I don't have sata connection on my desktop - it is an older e-machines model ( I believe Gateway was the manufacturer) can I still install ssd drive

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January 26, 2016 at 02:21:21
You can get add-in SATA cards that might work with your computer, but it is likely that you would be unable to boot from a drive attached in this way. Also, IDE SSDs are available ( ), but will not give the performance that you would expect from a SATA drive.

Personally, I would say that if your computer is so old that it doesn't support SATA devices then it is not worth upgrading with an SSD. Other components are probably limiting your performance.

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January 26, 2016 at 04:56:03
It would help to know the model/model number of your eMachines, but as ijack said, it's probably not worth upgrading to a SSD.

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January 26, 2016 at 14:07:10
I can't speak for all add-on drive cards but the Promise brand ones I've used are bootable. They have their own bios that the system bios hands off to after initial posting. From there you can choose to boot from its connected drive.

But as already mentioned, unless you've found some really good deal on a SSD drive there's no reason to go that route.

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