I've been running a Momentus XT in my 2008 Penryn Macbook. It's been nice but recently I've noticed a few beachballs. So I wondered... What if I went full SSD? Today I stopped in at Microcenter. I've watched SSD prices fall recently but lately it's been insane! Today, I spotted a 480GB Agility 3 for under $300. It was marked $679.99 but a yellow sign said it was $294 with $385 "instant savings". I checked Amazon when I got home and sure enough, nobody else was matching that price, even online! You can get 100 GB for around a dollar a gigabyte but MC was charging 75 cents a gigabyte for a large drive. So I bit. CCC is about 3/4 of the way through cloning to the new drive, Lion recovery partition and all. It's done 106 GB in 2:39 and the progress bar makes it look like it is 3/4 to 80 percent done. I'll boot from the SSD over usb SATA before I physically swap the drive. I also looked into the whole TRIM discussion and apparently a Sandforce controller (like the one in the Agility 3 doesn't benefit from TRIM anyway). I guess the Momentus XT will get willed to another of our Macs then. I've enjoyed sub 30-second boot times since getting the XT. Today I went on youtube to browse Lion boot videos using the full SSD and some of them are only 11 seconds. Nice. There was one that was 30 seconds but 20 seconds of it was advertising for the guy's youtube channel. I don't click "dislike" very often but I clicked it today for that guy's video. I'll update this thread on how well it works in the next day or so... ======================================================== Wow that's fast. Everything is faster. Three hundred bucks for a new Mac. Nice. I suppose I could have gotten away with a $200 120 GB model but for only half again as much I got 4 times the space. If I want to tinker with a few virtual machines or something, I don't have to think about managing disk space. The clone took over 4 hours. CCC help page says you get 23 MB/s going from SATA to USB in block copy mode which would have been 3 hours so I guess file copy mode is 1/3 slower than block copy mode. Frankly that's no big deal. The boot time isn't that much faster. I'm not sure why but since I hardly ever boot, I guess I don't care. I bet battery life will be better now that I'm not hauling around something that's spinning. But wait. My Macbook never leaves my desk. I have an iPad for travel. Oh well, it's nice to have a measurably faster machine for not a huge amount of money. Little Snitch and Dropbox got all lost and confused but Crashplan just woke up and kept on keeping on. Chrome still got a few aw snaps before all 50 of my tabs opened back up but it's a lot better than before. My fans are running but I think it's Spotlight and Time Machine trying to cope with the new HDD. By tomorrow I think all should be calm. No, wait. The fans slowed down while I was typing this. Cool. ======================================================== Day two I notice freezes in Chrome but the machine is still a LOT faster than before. All the fans are quiet now and the Time Machine thingy finally stopped spinning. This is nice. If I do get a new Mac, I must get an SSD lest it seem slower than my humble old 2008 white Macbook.