I'm sure it is a good deal - but when I make my first foray into SSDs, I'm likely to go for a 32GB or 64GB, which is more than enough room for my operating system and the programs (Office, Chrome) I use frequently - and which will cost much less. Or am I missing somethhing?
Chronos: I can't disagree - thanks. This isn't really hi-jacking the thread as such, so... If I get one, I'd get one for my XP machine. I've read mixed things about XP and SSDs, though - can be more trouble than it's worth. While W7 has SSD support built-in - in terms of optimising usage - I believe that, at best, you need to do a lot of manual 'housekeeping' with SSDs under XP, and at worst, they don't work very well at all. Do you - or anyone - have any insight into all that?
All SSDs now have TRIM support - it just depends if the OS decides to use it, and XP won't. As a result, you will want to buy an SSD which has a toolbox from the manufacturer which among other things will allow you to manually TRIM the drive through the toolbox.
Partition alignment is vital with an SSD and XP will botch this. The simplist thing to do is if you have access to a Windows 7 machine is to put the new SSD in it and run the Windows installer and make the partition you want on the SSD and format. Exit the installer, turn the PC off and remove your SSD.
Put the SSD into your XP rig, make sure the BIOS is in AHCI mode and run the installer and install onto the new partition you just made. Now they will be aligned as the Windows 7 installer aligns partitions whereas the XP one doesn't.
Once you are in XP, install the latest chipset and IMSM (or hopefully RST drivers from Intel) and also the Intel SSD toolbox. Disable system defrag and never defrag the drive and manually TRIM the drive through the toolbox weekly.
Not sure if XP had prefetch but if it did then disable it. You want to leave write-caching on.
Would I bother with an SSD with Windows XP? No I would not, far to much like hard work. I am fortunate as none of my 4 PC's has XP in fact it has been a while since I have used it so with me the problem does not arise.