Solved Unclear about SSD for 2006 Gateway Laptop

August 26, 2013 at 00:52:15
Specs: Windows 7 or XP, T7400 2.1ghz / 4gb
I have a Gateway M465-E laptop that hit the retail market new around 2006. I have reviewed all the specifications on this machine that I can find but I seem to be flailing (and failing) at finding a definitive answer regarding hard drive support.

I see that it supports SATA 1:
http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile...

Up to apparently 100GB:
http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile...

But nothing is referenced with respect to Solid State Drives.Upon going to Crucial.com and letting their diagnostic software scan my laptop, they imply that a SSD is doable. But, I'm not convinced their software is 100% accurate. The scan results come back with suggested SSDs that are well over 100GB.

So, I’m hoping someone will be able to tell me: A) a SSD definitely will or will not work; and B) if yes, what SSD parameters I should look for in terms of making a purchase. I understand that my laptop is limited to SATA 1 performance and that any SATA II or III SSDs will be "over-spec’ed."

Also, is there any issue with respect to running XP or 7 on a SSD that I should take into consideration given my system specs. It seems like I saw some comments about that before. I have both, so I will install whatever O/S will provide the best performance (all things considered). My bios is PhoenixBIOS v71.12.

I'd like to apologize upfront for any idiocy that may come across with this post including, but not limited to, this sentence. I'm honestly trying to do the best I can given my limited knowledge of computers.

Thanks.


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August 26, 2013 at 19:24:50
I can't find any information on your I/O controller (ICH 7) to see if it can handle an SSD that is SATA II OR III. When SATA III mechanical drives came out, older boards with SATA I controllers had issues configuring the newer drives at boot. Some had throttling jumpers on the back to make them run at SATA I speeds.

In my opinion that upgrade would be a waste of money. While the seek time would be faster, the sustained transfer rate would be severely retrained by the slow SATA I speeds.



#1
August 26, 2013 at 06:50:29
You're looking at a spec sheet that's 7 years old. There is no limit to the HDD size but considering the cost of SSDs, do you really want to sink that kind of money into an outdated laptop that only supports SATA 1? Also, XP shouldn't even be a consideration these days.

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August 26, 2013 at 07:41:34
Depending on what kind of SSD specs my laptop might handle and whether or not I can find a SSD at a good enough price, yes, I will pull the trigger. I can manage with a 50-60gb hard drive. So, I'm thinking/hoping I might be able to find something at a buck a gig. Not a big investment. Again, if there is a technical reason that I might want to consider staying with XP, I'm okay with that as well. This is a secondary laptop that I'm just looking to squeeze a bit more performance out of. I'd like to avoid installing 7 only to find that critical drivers are unavailable, thus forcing my hand to go through the hassle of another OS install.

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August 26, 2013 at 08:18:27
"I can manage with a 50-60gb hard drive .... This is a secondary laptop"

Is there something wrong with the current HDD? Which OS are you running? When's the last time you formated & reinstalled Windows from scratch? The system will definitely perform better with a SSD & it's your money, it just seems like a waste to me. As for Win7 drivers, all you need to do is search in advance to see if they're available for your hardware or not.


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#4
August 26, 2013 at 08:35:18
Yes, current hard drive is going bad and I'd like to move on to a SSD and spend around $50 bucks (a solid value in my book) if anybody can confirm it will work. Still, I would like to know the max size and other parameters my system may be limited to when it comes to SSDs. Current OS is already stated above.

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August 26, 2013 at 19:24:50
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I can't find any information on your I/O controller (ICH 7) to see if it can handle an SSD that is SATA II OR III. When SATA III mechanical drives came out, older boards with SATA I controllers had issues configuring the newer drives at boot. Some had throttling jumpers on the back to make them run at SATA I speeds.

In my opinion that upgrade would be a waste of money. While the seek time would be faster, the sustained transfer rate would be severely retrained by the slow SATA I speeds.


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#6
August 26, 2013 at 20:29:07
Thank you for attempting to find the controller information. If I stumbled upon one of the original S-1 SSDs (new/unused) that hit the market "way back when", is there any question in your mind that it would work in my laptop (in other words, just for a moment set aside S-II/III functionality)? Thanks again.

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#7
August 26, 2013 at 21:07:31
The controller chip would be the limitation. that plus the sizing.

Have you read about small capacity SSDs? There is an article in Tom's Hardware.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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