Hi there, thought I'd ask you guys for a bit of help/advice. I have a 2008 unibody 2.8ghz. I thought of doing a few upgrades so that I could stretch another year or two out of it before it gets long in the tooth. Currently, I have 8gb of ram so I don't need to upgrade that bit. I've done what I think to be a bit of research but would like a bit of clarification regarding a few things. I currently have a seagate 500gb momentus hybrid drive that I plan to replace. I do like the hybrid idea and I feel it to be faster in my day to day activities (whether its in my head or not, I don't know). My optical drive has died again (3rd time now, well known issue), and since i'm out of applecare and amex coverage, I'm just going to get rid of the damn thing (I hardly use it anymore anyway). I've been told that theres no point in spending the extra money for optibay or data doubler so I was planning on getting : http://www.ebay.com/itm/2nd-HDD-SDD-hard-drive-caddy-Apple-MacBook-Pro-Unibody-/280707167107?pt=US_Drive_Bay_Caddies&hash=item415b737383 . I was planning on getting a SSD and a regular 1tb hard drive. Questions: 1. Should I bother getting a SSD drive? (I hear conflicting reports on actual reliability and performance gains, 1 year after install) 2. If I do get the SSD, where do I put it? Since I have the nvidia chipset, there seems to be a sata problem on speed. 3. Which brand would you recommend? I hear sandisk extreme is decent but somewhat troublesome, samsung is amazing for speed but firmware upgrades need windows. Intel 320 is way too expensive to consider. Should I rather get two regular hard drives? 4. Which regular hard drive would you guys recommend considering my chipset problems? I remember buying a toshiba 1tb (the hard drive before my seagate) and that gave me beachball after beachball. I would like something that is known to be compatible with my machine. 5. OWC has a hgst travelstar 1tb that they've formatted to be compatible with nvidia macs. The 3 year warranty however, is through OWC and not through hitachi anymore. Should I consider it? http://eshop.macsales.com/item/HGST/0J22413S2/ PS: I do expect my fans to fail soon enough (they usually do at 5 years), should I cough up the $60 and buy from powerbookmedic or just ebay it again (seems to be OEM) http://www.ebay.com/itm/OEM-Apple-661-4951-15-MacBook-Pro-Unibody-Right-Fan-15-Late-2008-Mid-2009-/180905297162?pt=US_CPU_Fans_Heatsinks&hash=item2a1ecbc50a Same question goes for the speakers, since mine have started to blare when playing music. I know I've asked a lot of questions, hope you can help. Thanks!