I know someone that wants to speed up his old laptop that has no SATA. Is there any such thing as an IDE SSD drive? If so that's the easiest solution.
Otherwise, he told me he'd be willing to have the SSD externally by USB, but could it be the bootable system drive if it's external? I did explain his laptop would not boot without the drive connected and he's ok with that. I did verify that his system has USB 2.0 so it will be a dramatic improvement in speed if he can boot from an external SSD drive.
Without TRIM, the drives firmware thinks a lot more of the drive is in use than really is, so it has less scope to spread the wear around. Thus, not having TRIM support can lead to parts of the disk wearing out prematurely.
So I will recommendd you that use TRIM support with SSD.
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