Well, I've come to the conclusion that my 1st gen macbook needs a larger hard drive. Currently it has a 60 GB mechanical one. Since it is 1st gen I can change the HD, and it is way out of warranty. (I got it for $400 refurbished, be jealous!)
The other issues at stake is my main desktop computer is a PC and I have licences for CS5, LR3 and Vectorworks that could all benefit from a mobile installation.
Buying second copies of those programs for the mac are out of the question, and buying a new laptop is also out.
This is a core duo processor (not the core 2, remember those?) so it is still in the 32 bit world. A OEM windows 7 install is $100.
The question is, SSD or mechanical with a total budget of around $400.
Should I get the $60 WD 500 GB drive or look into the SSD realm?
Is that SSD a big enough drive and is it worth the cost? The total cost with the mechanical is around $160, but the total cost with SSD is ~$360.
I'm planning on keeping the laptop until is dies. If the mechanical drive outlives the computer then, it will go into an external enclosure. If I go the SSD route, it would move to the next laptop, or into the desktop.
Any thoughts? Thanks!