Here's the current specs of my laptop:
Dell Inspiron E1505
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7200 at 2.0 GHz per core.
1GB DDR2 667MHz RAM in dual channel mode
ATI X1400 256MB graphics card
WD 120GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
8X DVD +/- dual layer recorder
9-cell lithium-ion battery
Lubuntu 16.04 LTS
Dell Wireless 1500 (802.11n)
Bought this laptop in 2007, it originally it had Windows XP Media Center Edition on it, but I recently installed Lubuntu 16.04 on it and it runs great, however, the hard drive has bad sectors.
An IT friend of mine came over and we tried to install a WD 500GB HDD on it, but it wouldn't detect it, but it detected 160GB and 120GB HDDs just fine. According to my IT friend, it's the BIOS, the BIOS cannot handle larger drives, so the hard drive is limited only to 120GB to 160 GB.
Here's the BIOS info: A08 (Dell Inc.) 07/28/2006
According to my friend, he wouldn't recommend updating/flashing the BIOS, even he doesn't know how to do it, he heard many horror stories of people flashing their BIOS and bricking their computers, turning them into a thousand dollar paper weight.
With that, would a Solid State Drive be compatible with this machine? My friend isn't knowledgeable on SSDs.
I found this, a Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SV300S37A/60G (https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA6232GM5752)
Seeing that this SSD is only 60GB, would it be compatible with my BIOS?