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Hi, I have a 4 year old Acer Aspire One which seems to be working for me fine right now.

I don't really take it out anywhere, mainly use it at home right now (I don't really need a laptop right now, but I like to have one as a just in case, or for the times when I don't want to sit at my desktop and surf the net).

Anyways, I was thinking of maybe getting an SSD for it. It is the Acer Aspire One ZG5 (Atom N270, 1GB RAM, 8.9" screen), anyways, is it worth it? Will I notice a nice speed boost, or will the Atom processor bottleneck the SSD too much?

Or would it potentially be better to just get a new netbook. Like I said above, I don't really need a laptop/netbook for a while (my job doesn't require one, and I am taking a break from school for 2-3 years), I just happen to have this one lying around, so I thought I would use it.
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I've tested a 40GB Intel SSD on a similar netbook, the EEE 1000HE, and it was pretty nice. The SSD made it feel more responsive after booting/resuming, when opening apps or documents, when doing anything that involves a background scan. Overall I'd say the difference was worth it because I've never used a CPU-heavy program that would bottleneck the SSD. My take: go for it, get an SSD as it will improve your experience.

About which SSD, this is tougher because I imagine you have XP, so no TRIM. Kingston, Samsung, Indininx and Crucial drives should be avoided because of that, so you're left to choose between Intel and Sandforce drives. If you get W7 on the SSDs then a Crucial 64GB could be a good price/performance alternative.
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I've tested a 40GB Intel SSD on a similar netbook, the EEE 1000HE, and it was pretty nice. The SSD made it feel more responsive after booting/resuming, when opening apps or documents, when doing anything that involves a background scan. Overall I'd say the difference was worth it because I've never used a CPU-heavy program that would bottleneck the SSD. My take: go for it, get an SSD as it will improve your experience.

About which SSD, this is tougher because I imagine you have XP, so no TRIM. Kingston, Samsung, Indininx and Crucial drives should be avoided because of that, so you're left to choose between Intel and Sandforce drives. If you get W7 on the SSDs then a Crucial 64GB could be a good price/performance alternative.
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I have that same model with a 160gb drive and I tested once with an olde g-skill ssd XP and it was better, programs snappier but I personally found the wireless to be really weak, so my browsing didn't seem to improve much since firefox has to reformat each page. I wound up putting the ssd in a test box for different OSs.
I'd say it would be worth it up to about $100 maybe an OCZ Agility 60gb. Not really sure if that would fit though. Spending $ for like a M4 128 gb would be kind of excessive, I'd put that towards something new.
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I had a patriot ssd on a a hp netbook with the same atom CPU and I didn't feel it made much difference. It was a little snappier but not really worth the cost. Boot time for arch Linux barely improved over the 7200 rpm seagate.

If you do get one be sure to use the correct file system ext4 is ok but journaling does reduce life. Also bensure to add the discard line to your etc/fstab to enable trim. Note doing this on ext2 ( and possibly ext3 I forget) will cause problems but it will work with ext4. Also adding realtime or noatime to the fstab options can also help to extend ssd life.
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