Looking to find ANY information on upgrading an old Sony VGN-FS980 laptop HD to an SSD. All help will be appreciated. I am trying to speed the system up. I currently have maxed out the RAM and shut down most of the garbage software and Apps. I am currently using it to review the Windows 8 Prelease.
1) if you are just interested in previewing Windows 8, I would just load it as a guest VM. You would need to install a VM application such as WMWare, or VirtualBox which is free. I have a few tutorials that go through the steps on how to install Virtual Box, configuring Virtual Box for Win 8, and installing Windows 8 CP as a guest.
The reason for this is that once you are done with your review, you just delete the guest VM. No additional reformatting or changes to your host system are required.
2) if you want to upgrade your hard drive, then you just need to make sure that your laptop has the appropriate interface to allow for an SSD drive. Remove the old, install the new, then reinstall the host OS. I would recommend you install Windows 7, then install VirtualBox, then run Win 8 as a guest VM.
I noticed that based on your system's specs, your hard drive is a PATA form factor, not the SATA interface that most SSDs use. You can double check by pulling the drive out, if it has "pins" it is PATA (parallel ATA). Unfortunately the spec sheet only said Ultra ATA, and the first flavor of SATA was also known as Ultra ATA/133, but it's reasonable to think Sony would have crowed about it's SATA capabilities and not labeled it so ambiguously. So a visual inspection might save you a trip(s) to the store to buy and return the drive.