Recently subscriber Onthony wrote to me to ask about his plans to use a Sold State Drive (SSD) with his Windows XP computer. The idea is that the SSD is tremendously faster than a regular mechanical hard drive.
I purchased a SATA SSD to replace my C IDE HDD. The WIN OS on the current C drive is WIN2K and my plan was to make the SATA SSD have WINXP PRO SP3 on it. I have since learned that WINXP doesn’t have the drivers for the INTEL D845WN Motherboard.
I’ve looked on the INTEL website for drivers with no luck. To make the board work with the SATA SSD I purchased an adapter that plugs into the IDE port and converts it to SATA output.
Thanks, hope you have the info I need.
I wrote back to Onthony to say that I didn’t think that he will be happy with Windows XP on an SSD. From what I’ve read, Windows XP does not support the TRIM command, which is critical for SSD’s.
The TRIM command is involved in the drive cleanup process that occurs because SSD’s don’t assign and reuse portions of the drive in the same way that hard drives are used. With the SSD, the previously used section has to go through a special erasing process before it can be written to again. Fortunately, this process is done in the background and doesn’t require the user to initiate the action.
Unlike the SSD, with a regular hard drive, the drive doesn’t require that and goes ahead to reuse the drive clusters without any special actions.
Onthony also has disappointment coming on finding XP Drivers for his motherboard. If the board manufacturer (in this case, Intel) doesn’t make them, I doubt that he will find any anywhere.
Finally, there’s one more issue with the SSD. Laptop drives and SSD’s for them use a combined connector for data and power. Obviously, that’s a different setup than the normal 3.5 inch hard drive (which uses separate cables for data and power). There are SSD’s designed specifically for desktop drives, with the usual desktop SATA power and data cables.