The 2.5" IDE drive in my faithful laptop of nearly ten years has finally kicked the bucket, and I'm not sure how best to proceed. It seems that as IDE has been out of the picture for so long, it's incredibly expensive to get a direct replacement -- I've seen 80GB drives selling for $100. I've seen some other options, such as IDE interfaces for SSDs and even SD card readers
; but there seems to be mixed feedback regarding performance and compatibility with older motherboards, and I'm not even sure how much longer this laptop might last if I get it a new hard drive, anyway.
I only need enough space to install Windows XP, as the computer only performs one very specific function for me, so I could probably even install XP to a USB flash drive or external HDD, but I don't know if it's actually possible to do that or not. Would it make more sense just to scrap it and buy a cheap netbook?