I'm thinking about changing the HDD in my HTPC to a SSD. However, it seems like the best deals (Kingston 40GB Intel-controller V-series) are SATA, and my HTPC has only PATA connectors.
I'm thinking about getting a SATA-PATA convertor card like this one
However, I'm worried about passing TRIM commands through the convertor. As I understand it, the V-series currently don't support TRIM, and neither does WinXP which I'm using (and not going to switch from because of other constraints).
However, apparently there's an Intel utility that will work in WinXP and when run, will perform about the same steps as TRIM would normally. Now my questions are:
- Does the Intel 'trim-like' utility support the Kingston V-series?
- Will this utility work with a PATA-SATA bridge, in case the SSD itself is supported by it? Or will I need a PCI SATA controller?
I bought the Intel X25-V 40GB drive (nearly identical price to the Kingston), and hooked it up through a unbranded chinese PATA-SATA convertor.
It works like a charm on the PATA port of my intel 815 chipset, however
the Intel SSD toolkit says that it cannot perform any manual trim as it does not support 'RAID configuration'. I suppose that is the default error when it does not find the drive hooked up through a supported IDE driver.
I wonder if third party SATA controllers will work with the toolkit; however I'm not convinced that I'll need the manual trim anytime soon, as I won't be writing much data onto the drive (probably not more than 12 GB).