SSDs as you all may know are blazingly fast. However, I've had some hiccups with them being a newbie to it, upgrading from my WD 5400 Scorpio. So here's my experience with SSDs so far, which I'd like some explaining if someone can draw some sense: - I decided to free space erase whilst running Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.6) on my boot drive. BAD IDEA. That made my SSD almost 10X slower for some reason. Start up times doubled, with the shut down times 10X slower. - Then I read somewhere to free space erase booting off either a the Snow Leopard DVD or from another drive. Decided to boot of snow leopard install. Ran free space erase again, then verified the disk. Restarted. Back to the previous start up times. It's odd that free space erase works when booting from another drive/DVD, but it worsens the performance if it is run from the SSD. Can anyone explain this? I have not tried disktester to recondition as suggested by some users from the article here: http://macperformanceguide.com/Storage-SSD-Reconditioning.html If someone can verify that booting from snow leopard DVD reconditions the drive, then it's a free and easy way to do it. Great to have some input.