Originally Posted by Plex
Sorry, I'll slow it down so that the contribution is more evident.
OP: It is definitely worthwhile to get at least a 60GB SSD for your OS. It's one of the best performance upgrades you can make and it's well worth the money. Speed isn't the only benefit to an SSD. There are lots of reasons to make it worth the investment. Such as:
Faster read/write times.
Faster spin-up times.
Faster access time.
Lower read latency.
No sound at all because of no moving parts.
Last longer because of no moving parts.
Read performance same for all sector because it's solid-state (no moving parts). (read consistency time)
SSDs require a fraction of the power that HDDs do.
Much less likely to fail from shock or any movement (no moving parts).
No need to read sequentially so no need to defrag, ever.
Not susceptible to magnets.
Can be completely erased/formatted.
Smaller in form factor and weight.
Hopefully I've contributed to the thread a little bit.
Since when did SSD's have spin up time?
The magnet theory is a myth, you cannot erase a hard drive with normal magnets from things like computer speakers. Most of them are shielded anyways to prevent the disruption of the magnetic field in CRT monitors (hence the degauss button/option). But most of us don't own a CRT monitor anyways. To really erase your normal hard disk with plates you would need a rare Earth magnet like the one in your hard drive. Even then it would have to be big enough so that the field of the magnet would be strong enough to erase the drive.
"4. Is the main difference between SSD pricing due to increasing costs at higher storage levels (32gb -> 128gb), or are there actually performance differences like in hard drives? I see prices from 50 to 450, which seems a little crazy for 100gigs of space."
It's due to demand, storage costs, and speed. SLC SSD's will be faster than MLC but it will also cost more and provide less space. So you will see more MLC drives being sold on the likes of NewEgg than you would SLC drives. SSD's aren't mainstream yet, the only reason you'd want one is to boot into your OS faster and fast read/write/transfer speeds. But a normal hard drive is fine and better if you need more space than you do speed. But I wouldn't go with anything less than 120GB if you want a boot up drive for Windows. Applications take up quite a bit of space. It's up to you to decide if you need that extra speed though.