For quite some time, I have been lusting after an SSD. Despite their cost, much has been made of the performance increase over a traditional HD. However, now that I've begun to look around, one thing has kinda surprised me. While the second heralded virtue of SSDs has always been reliability, the amount of reports of malfunctioning SSDs, especially with respect to certain controllers, is staggering. I'm a patient person and a 5400RPM drive is still, for the most part, workable -- yet, all these defective drive stories have made me reconsider the expense.