Reply 17420 of 22138, by ultra_code
RandomStranger wrote on 2020-12-07, 13:00:
I prefer my drives to be easily swapped so for a SATA SSD I'd either have to buy a SATA IDE adapter to use it in my current HDD rack or buy a new SATA drive bay.
An IDE drive is just around 5$ or less and I'm also concerned about the wear on the SSD under Windows XP even if most people say it's not an issue with modern drives and limited use.
Honestly, as you can already tell, I think you should be more concerned about how much life those old IDE drives have left. I use SSDs under 9x and XP, no issues so far. Then again, after the initial install and setup, I'm not writing too much to the SSD when in use. And the speed they provide is no joke. Makes the OSes fly. As long as the SSD has a DRAM cache, you should be set. But, if you prefer that "it just 'works'" approach with all of the caveats it comes with, power to you. I've moved away from HDDs in general except for in my NAS setup. Speed, reliability, and size of modern 2.5" SSDs are just too good, M.2 SSDs even better.
If you want a pure IDE flash experience, a CF card is a good choice, although I think anything beyond 9x is going to be too harsh on such drives. I only use them for DOS/Win9X.