I have installed an IDE to SDHC memory card converter in an old MP3 player. Works great. I now have a cheap 32GB solid-state drive instead of a 20GB IDE hard disk. I'm not sure if that set-up would be good for a laptop though, but a proper mSATA converter should be fine. I would suggest that you get one with a 2.5" cage
though, not something that just hangs off the IDE header.
Reminds me - I've got an old Tosh box in the attic. Can't remember how much memory it's got though. Just think, a laptop with two serial ports, parallel port, no ethernet and no USB (PCMCIA only). He, he. I could shove the same set-up and a PCMCIA 802.11n card
in it and see how it flies.
Edit: IDE to SDHC converter available on Amazon
Edited by micksharpe (Tue 29-Mar-16 21:22:49)