Okay, I was originally looking at getting an SSD for a boot drive, but then I started looking at stuff like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136744. I figured I would buy two of these and use one as a boot drive for my OS and another one strictly dedicated for a game I play.
Apparently this thing is extremely fast compared to a 7200RPM drive. How much faster is a similar SSD drive around the same storage capacity? Is one truly better than the other? Also, I noticed the Veloci was a sata 3.0. What is the difference between 3.0 and 6.0? Does that mean it transfers data at a slower rate?
SSD's are faster than 10,000RPM traditional hard drives.
SATA 3.0 & 6.0 is the data interface for the drive. For traditional hard drives it doesn't matter which one you go with; you wont see a performance gain. However with SSD's it's recommended to go with the 6.0 interface over the 3.0 interface (assuming you even have a motherboard with those ports).
Look at the benchmarks yourself and decide lol...
Usually OEM or bare drive won't come with a sata cable or shouldn't at least, but you may get lucky. Your motherboard box should come with a couple though.
mpereau88:Okay. Lets say that I have an SSD and a regular HD. I have my SSD as my boot drive for my OS and I copy my OS folder to my other HD. If for some reason, my SSD fails would I be able to boot my OS that I copied to my regular HD?
A better method for backup is to install your OS onto the SSD, then use Windows 7 to create an image of the fresh install. You can do this via Control Panel >> System & Security >> Backup and Restore >> Create System Image.
Save the image to your secondary hard drive, and then in the event of a virus/SSD failure/etc. you will be able to use the Windows installation DVD to boot, access the image from your storage drive, and re-load it onto the SSD.
And yes, SSDs simply run circles around mechanical HDDs, even WD's excellent 10,000RPM Velociraptors. The difference is night-and-day with a good SSD, particularly if you've used it for a while and then go back to a system running off of a mechanical... oh the pain...
Hope this helps!