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Solid State put to the test - Team 16GB 2.5-inch IDE Solid State Drive

By: Cameron Wilmot | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Apr 24, 2007 4:00 am

Installation of an SSD


Since we are working with an SSD and it is our first time plus more than likely the first time you have ever had a chance to see SSD in action, we thought it only made sense to cover installation and just what exactly is involved.


As we mentioned earlier, Team's SSD is a notebook drive and complies with those standards. Hence, it uses a 44-pin notebook IDE connector with carries data and power as opposed to a regular desktop IDE connector (which in a modern system today operates things such as a DVD burner or ROM) which only has 40-pins and just carries data with a separate and external Molex power connector to the data cable.



After chasing up a 44-pin to 40-pin IDE connector cable, we were in business. After connecting the cable up to the SSD, we plugged the other end into a spare IDE port on our test Gigabyte DQ6 motherboard (JMicron controller). We then provided power to the SSD by hooking up the Molex connector coming off the IDE cable to the system power - it is as easy as that. Just be sure to power down your system before installing the drive as it is not hot-pluggable like SATA and although you probably would not do any damage to the drive, it is not a good practice.


After we turned on the system, the drive was detected without any issues, just as if it were any other IDE type device. Being a pre-production sample, it was detected as "YUAN1026" on IDE channel 4 Master - probably just a friendly engineer's name from Team, we'd say.



Interested to know if you could boot from the device and install Windows and other operating systems, we headed into the BIOS and checked hard drive boot priority. Sure enough, we could select it as primary boot device without any issues. Here it did not display any name.



We are not quite out of the woods yet. Using even Windows Vista, we had no issues with installing the drive and getting it up and running - it did not need any drivers but we kind of expected that since it is just like a normal hard drive only with the fanciness factor of being solid state. After a quick visit to the storage section of Administrative Tools (in Control Panel), the drive was formatted and displaying correctly under (My) Computer.



Interestingly enough, after installing all of the latest Windows Vista drivers for the IDE controller, the SSD drive changed and was detected as a SCSI drive under disk drives in Device Manager.



We had no issues at all with installation of the Team SSD and if you ever installed an IDE hard drive or optical drive before, you will not have any problems installing this solid state drive.

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