An IDE Solid State Drive is an improvement over a mechanical disk, and a SATA connection only improves the benefits. SSD drives have negligible seek time compared to magnetic drives, and therefore operate much faster. Data transfer, particularly involving OS and application installation needs some improvement. Overall there are several IDE based Solid State Drives on the market, with SATA drives being reasonably new. The IDE drives are a couple hundred dollar, usually around $200. The new SATA drives are much more, and the cheapest one I’ve seen is made by Super Talent. Its a modest 16 Gigabyte drive that is perfect for your OS, swap, and applications. Keep your home folder on a separate drive, and utilize the swift seek speed of the SSD for ultra fast booting, and application processing. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820609242
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