First, welcome to the forum!
Since I understand that you have an "urgent" need (but how "urgent" is urgent??), the following hint may perhaps be less interesting, because it will take at least a week to get the parts, but nevertheless - for your education in the noble art of ThinkPads!
- I'd just want to point your attention to a clever idea, by aid of which you can swap your present main 2.5" PATA (mechanical) harddrive by a 1.8" SATA
(yes, SATA, and not
. Benefit by this: High speed owing to the SSD, and you will retain your UltraBay e.g. CD-ROM unaffected? Also, SATA SSD's have far better performance compared to PATA SSD's and are far cheaper (compared to the best, fast PATA SLC SSD's).
Wow, how do you do this? Well, see the thread 1.8" SATA to 2.5" IDE converter?
and, if in a hurry, skip the first many posts and jump directly e.g. to this post
. Very briefly, what you need is this IDE 44 Pin to 1.8" Micro SATA Adapter
and a 1.8" SATA SSD of your choice (e.g. an Intel X18-M), and then, for your convenience, one of the caddies by your very clever countryman, forum member tomatenfisch
. That's all!