Last June I told you about the OCZ Vertex 2 SSD drives. In an SSD drive, your data is stored in flash memory. That means it is really fast and there are no moving parts to fail. This speed comes with a higher price than the typical mechanical hard drive. While the ideal setup would be to only use SSD drives in a computer, it isn’t financially realistic if you work with a large amount of data. We’re going to assume that Dream Computer 2011 will have an SSD drive for the operating system and that other software and data will be stored on a mechanical drive.
If you are going to install Windows 7 on the new machine, I feel you need a minimum of 100 GB on the SSD drive. So while there are smaller drives available, I’m only going to list drives that are at least 100 GB in size. I’ll also give the current price at Amazon along with a link to buy one from Amazon. As I look at the current prices, they have dropped quite a bit since I wrote that post in June.
Another option is a hybrid drive that combines some flash memory and some mechanical drive. This keeps the price a bit lower, which still providing most of the benefits. Keep in mind that it won’t be as fast, but still faster than a purely mechanical drive. If you want to go that route, look at the Seagate Momentus XT 320 GB drive that sells for around $110.