See title, I was wondering if anyone has ever bought the 128 GB or 256 GB SSDs instead of a HDD. The price seems to be a bit above the market, but not as extreme as with the RAM. On the pro side they would be covered by applecare. Where do they stand quality wise? My situation: About to buy a 15'' MBP. I would like to have an SSD for the quick program launches etc. My HD requirements are moderate, but 128 wouldn't be enough. I plan to eventually have a Win7 partition with maybe 80 GB for games (50 turned out to be too small). I don't feel like loosing the optical drive. However the 256 GB apple SSD is a bit expensive. Question: - Is it possible to install and boot windows on an external HD? Would a USB 2.0 external HDD be too slow for this purpose (game loading times?)? Thunderbolt devices are again very expensive. Any other possibility to connect it? (edit: Firewire would be fine speed wise I guess) Right now I feel about just waiting for price drops on SSDs and live with ordinary HDDs for another year or two. But any input would be appreciated. PS: I read the SSD guide.