So I am a computer technician and with that I am a cheap ass when it comes to hardware. I go with leftover parts and last gen dirt cheap tech. I've always had new Mac's though, but for my PC's I have never gone crazy. Anyways this morning I turn on my laptop... it locks up after login, no BSOD, safe mode, locks up after login, no bsod, switch in known good memory, locks up, run system repair, disk errors found. WTF? New HDD week old OS, standard software, nothing crazy, no malware. I try scanning it, maxes out my other machines memory, I let it run for a couple of hours barely any progress. So I will hook it up to a HDD testing box at work monday morning, but it sounds like it is toast. Samsung Spin Point 1TB 5400 drive.
I was going to upgrade really soon anyways so this just gave me the incentive.
Today I go to my local Fry's and buy a Crucial M4 256GB SSD for $170 + tax.
Load it up, windows installs like the breeze, SP1 installs super quick, everything is running smooth!
Reboot speeds are currently 23-25 seconds.
^ Graphics card is pissing me off. GTX 660, but it keeps sticking to the on board. Right now I can't play any games, because it keeps running off the on board no matter what settings I change. Working on that now.
Anyways CSB I just wanted to share my experiences. A SSD is worth every penny. They seem to have finally gotten firmware and all quality issues worked out since their debut. Most HDD's are the bottle necks of systems. That 5400 crappoint was destroying all performance on my machine.