Are there any good SATA I/II/III SSDs left new?
I am looking to upgrade my HP nc6000 to a machine that’s quite a bit newer and will have more video memory, as the nc6000 only has 32MB and I didn’t get the 64MB base board with mine. It works and I’m still going to keep it around, but I want something just a bit newer for some of the older games I want to run but can’t due to the limited VRAM situation.
That said, a lot of the old machines that are modern yet cheap if you’re willing to put some work in (think Core 2 ThinkPad and Latitude E series) to get it going again are going to be old enough to either be limited to SATA I/II or capped due to older option ROMs, as is the case with systems like the T61.
Since I am probably going to get a no HD machine that works at a discount since SATA drives are actually easy to get, I need an SSD with proper legacy SATA support. I know I can probably get a hard drive but a lot of the legacy models which are backwards compatible are NOS and will likely be hard to find given enough time. I would like to put a small 128/256GB SSD in to get around these stock problems.
One option I *know* will work is I can pull the Crucial M500 out of my T420, get another SSD for it (250 instead of 240) and clone it. I know this drive is old enough to have legacy SATA speed support, but it’s not a drop in solution since I need to take active steps to preserve the setup and data on the Crucial SSD. The T420 is SATA III compatible, so even if I get one of those legacy free/premium SATA II/III drives I shouldn’t have an issue.