I'm considering the purchase os a small SSD (solid state drive) for use as speedy scratch pad of sorts. My idea: - Building an external USB/Firewire drive for temporary file storage. I would purchase an external drive kit that is SATA capable and then put a SSD with SATA interface in the case. Run it externally from my iMac. I would move files off the internal drive to free up space and put it on the SSD temporarily, then burn to DVD, then delete from the SSD. My iMac has a 500GB drive but I find this fills up easily. I'm looking for very fast connectivity and near silent noise. I've tried the firewire 400/800 OWC 500GB drive and it ended up being really loud for me, even though it was fanless. I've read mixed reviews about Western Digital, Seagate, etc it seems to be fairly sparratic when it comes to quality. I really don't need much space either. 16-32GB is ideal, 64GB would be nice. I'm willing to sacrifice sheer storage volume for speed/silence. I have 16GB Corsair flash drives but they still don't seem to have the speed i'm looking for. I'd like to make a drive kit and basically just leave it connected to my iMac all the time. Has anyone done anything like my idea? Will Mac OS X format and partition a SSD like a normal drive?