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SSD Replacement for SATA

Hello all.

I currently own a Toshiba Satellite A130, upgraded RAM to 4 GB, swapped out the ROM and installed a DVD/RW. Now, I havent been able to locate an answer to my question, so here it is. I am "wanting" to swap out my SATA HDD and install a SSD. Can it be done just by swapping them out? Also, my laptop does have the 2nd HDD bay underneath it. It currently has Vista on it, new drive is gonna get 7 installed on it.

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More specific...

I guess I should have been as specific as I could. What I meant is simple, will a SSD drop right in and hook right up to a SATA port? I have never seen the terminals on a SSD before, so thats why I am asking about this. I was "told" they have the same hook up points/terminals. Do they? Or is there a special adapter that comes/can be bought to make this happen? Thanx again.

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So far.

The mechanics and connections are the easy part. I've yet to see anyone struggle with that step.

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While it was supposed to be that easy, many have found themselves in an unsupportable configuration.

Let's be honest. Are you aware of all the drivers and helper apps needed for this machine? Nothing has changed over the years in this regard. Folk that get ready to use laptops are often unsettled with this baptism of fire as they learn that Windows does not install without a lot of help.

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"unsupportable configuration."

By whatever do you mean? Are you mentioning if I know what drivers the laptop has/needs to support onboard hardware? Then yes. I build rigs all the time. I am just a stranger when it comes to these laptops. I have tore my Toshiba completely apart and reassembled it a few years ago; just so I could say "I have done it".

I plan on reinstalling all the onboard drivers afterwards anyways.

This all came about because my son's get online and play these "stupid" games from these half-*** known websites, and the inevitable happened. Something got downloaded/installed and now I have several registery files moved/missing/corrupted. Its so fouled that I can not even install Windows 7 onto that hard drive, let alone, just even formatting it has become impossible. There is nothing vital on the drive, so I am not losing anything important.

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So the last two issues.

1. You mentioned drivers but didn't mention Intel's helper app. The laptop maker needs to reveal if it's needed. I usually install it and that's when I know. -> It's not a driver.

2. Again, you may be thinking there is nothing to this. Drivers and done. But if the BIOS is not aware of SSD then it's iffy again. The best clue it's OK is to see if the maker offers this model with SSD.

I'm a bit confused about your statement about formatting. Formatting is a snap. Too easy today (I use Gparted) so in under 3 minutes I can quick format a drive. Unless you are defining a format as including installing Windows. Some folk do that.

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By formating

I mean wiping the HD clean, fresh install for Windows 7. It isnt letting me format from the boot up, while in Windows trying to run the install, NOTTA!

I am seriously concerned that a registry file is missing or corrupted. I have a new 240GB SATA drive on the way, hoping its here tomorrow. BUT, if I can throw a SSD in it, I will in the near future.

What about using the SSD as just a storage drive in my 2nd bay? Should that work just fine, or will there be a parameter conflict?

What is "Gparted"?

You are being more helpful than you realize. Thank you for all your input.

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When I can't boot my 7 DVD

I fix that first. Then if the HDD needs to be wiped, we do that with either GPARTED or DBAN.

Some folk continue to try to format a drive prior to installing Windows. This may be a fine thing to keep shops in business. Get the drive "blank", no partitions, no formatting and then boot those restore media. Or if you are in the "my way" group, you do this the old fashioned way.

As to Gparted, it's a google away and a bit too useful to not have around.

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