P4VXASD2+ storage upgrade

I have a P4 2.4 Ghz , 2GB Ram in a P4VXASD2+ (V5.0) motherboard with an old IDE HDD connect via flat cable to the board. What is the best possible upgrade for de disk? It is possible ( and worth it) to connect an 2.5 SSD ?

This is probably a better question for a forum like Vogons.

Technically speaking, yes, it is possible to connect a 2.5" SSD, via a physical mounting adapter and a PATA-to-SATA adapter. Your disk performance will be severely limited by the PATA bus, in that case, but it will still almost certainly be better than the ATA disk. You can also find PCI cards with SATA ports, although software support for those is likely to be limited on the systems you wish to use on such a computer – you may find it difficult, for example, to use that drive as a boot disk for most period OSes.


Thx. So the general system speed improvement (for instance using a xp or win7 os) will not be considerable.

It will be; but it might be more trouble than it’s worth, and you won’t get the FULL capability of the SSD.

As an alternative, you might consider a large-ish Compact Flash card. Adapters for them are trivially inexpensive, and the CF card will appear to the BIOS as a regular old IDE drive.

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