I have an Alienware M14x laptop. It boots up painfully slow with its 7200rpm 480gb HDD. Once it finally gets booted up its as fast as a normal clean computer. I've been defragging the hard drive, making sure to disable any unnecessary startup applications and running virus scans every now and then.
All my other computers are fast enough with standard HDDs and boot up fairly quickly. This laptop is the only one I'm not fully happy with. It has more hardware that requires tray icons to run than most computers do. This makes it take forever to boot up. I've disabled about half of the tray icons that I've found to be unimportant but it's still slow.
In a few weeks I will be moving to an apartment where I will be living for the next few months. It's going to be too small to set up my desktop and everything so I'm going to just use this laptop as my primary computer.
So I am thinking about buying an SSD. The only problem is that a 120GB or 256GB unit won't cut it for me. I need space
unlike most SSD owners. All my programs and games take about 260gb once installed and as time goes by, I will probably accumulate more stuff that takes even more space. So I'm looking at 480GB-512GB SSDs.
The plan is clone my current drive to a new SSD. OCZs Vertex 4 drive is out of the question because I've heard you have to completely reinstall your OS because cloning doesn't work due to the extremely complex and "detructive" (whatever that means) drivers. It's $100 cheaper than any of the other similar drives but I'd have take on the horrible, excruciatingly extensive chore of reinstalling EVERYTHING. Time is money so I'd rather buy a more expensive drive that works with cloning and not have to reinstall everything.
The Corsair Force Series GT
looks like a good one to me. It has good read and write speeds, has good reviews and costs a little less than Intel's. Are these good drives? I would rather save a little bit of money by not buying an expensive Intel drive but if all the other SSDs suck I will fork out the extra money. Buying cheap crummy hardware only causes lots of trouble later.