Date Joined: 09/19/04
Pros: -WEI drive score went from 5.9 (Seagate 5600rpm) to 7.4.
-Noticeably faster- especially once aligned/configured for Win7.
-Battery life seems greatly improved (no longer need high performance settings to keep laptop feeling responsive)
Cons: Hard to get running without OS installation disk. My laptop didn't come with install disks, requiring user made recovery disks instead- these don't seem to cut it (I'm guessing because of move from 320GB to 64GB drive, even though I only had 28GB used on OS partition). Third party cloning software made a backup of the partition, but out of alignment. WEI score only 6.7 without alignment.
Overall Review: Found a guide to using gParted for copying OS partition with proper alignment. Booted with windows rescue disk, and now works great. Thank you Linux!
Will always wonder how much better a clean install would be...
The drive itself is not quite as instantaneous feeling as I'd dreamed, but overall a vast improvement.
Crucial m4 64GB
Synology NAS (for bulk of data)
Pros: 1. Cheap
2. Runs 2.4 Ghz on Zalman air easy, little to no increase in temp (~39C) @1.4V
3. Requires less juice than the Newcastle that I passed down to little sis.
4. CPU Benchmark scores in Sisoft over an FX-53, nearly FX-55.
Overall Review: So tweakable on
2x512 Ballistix DDR4000
Thank you newegg!