Answer to: SSD upgrade (performance? / companys? )With reference to my post above, I add some photos of adding mSATA ssd to a T42, and also ASSSD ssd benchmark under Win7 after installing. Win 7 boots in 24 seconds. 4 photo: above, 44 pin pata to mSATA adapter from ebay, about $ 5,- under, same adapter with mounted 120 gb mSATA sse disc. 3 photo: the mSATA adapter mounted in the place of the original 2,5' IDE drive 2 photo: the mSATA adapter secured with strong packing tape ( maybe not required, but extra safety) 1 photo: ASSSD benchmark under w7 32 bit with 2 gig ram.
Answer to: SSD upgrade (performance? / companys? )Hi !! The T42 will work excellent with a mSATA to 44 pin IDE adapter and mSATA SSD drive. First, be sure you have the latest bios 3.23 - if not flash the bios to 3.23 version, you will need a usb 3,5' floppy drive adapter to do that. Search ebay for "mSATA to IDE" and you will find several alternatives, ranging in price from $4 to $30. some of them will fit directly into the 2,5' hd caddy, orhers will also work but ( the $4 ones) is more difficult to fit. In addition you will need a mSATA hard drive. Speed will be limited to IDE 33 mb/s from the ide bus found in the T42, BUT: due to the mSATA SSD's low latency time and the capability to 100% utilize the capacity of the IDE 33 mb/s bus speed, the performance when it comes to everything related to disk operations is enormous. even if the T42 is very old, the quality is up to day unmatched. I use a T42 as a chart plotter for my boat, running Linux and OpenCpn and the performance is far better than a new laptop with w8.1 running OpenCpn, the reason is that the Li...