Just want to share a little experience with Solid State hard-drives.
I’ve been running a fairly old DAW with two standard HDs for some time. However, for Christmas, I’ve jumped to a new OCZ Agility 3, 120Gb solid-state HD. Onto this I’ve loaded Windows 7 Professional, Cubase 6, HALion 4 and the Halion Symphonic Orchestra VST SIS. In total (with a few other programs), it comes to around 40Gb of HD space.
The OCZ Agility was a gamble as my mobo is SATA II compliant, and not the latest SATA III, but the HD said it was backwards compatible. Nonetheless, I was worried that this up-to-date drive would not work on a 5 year old mobo. Luckily it did. W7 loaded up very quickly, and after I got all of my Steinberg software onto it, it works very well. Possibly better than I expected, to be honest.
Cubase boots-up very quickly, and the time taken for the HALion samples to load up is very impressive compared to my old HD. Some big instruments could easily take up to 10 seconds. Now, they load inside 2 secs or less.
It was a great move and I recommend it, especially if you go for a 60Gb SSD for Windows and Progs, and then maybe have another 60Gb drive solely for Steinberg programs.
Cheers, and I wish you all a Happy New Year!