I've been doing quite a bit of work with VS2010 recently as we've prepared for our launch of our free ASP.NET 4 hosting, and I had a fresh install of Windows 7 without the typical cruft that comes with our environment. So I wanted to show how quick booting off of a SSD is. There are two pieces of hardware EVERY developer must have - multiple monitors and a SSD. I've said it over and over again, I have never seen a single upgrade improve the performance of a PC more than my X-25M drive since I first saw what the Voodoo2 could do.
I took this video to show how quick the sucker is because until you have used it, you probably think I'm full of crap. But this sucker FLIES. My previous OS partition was running on a couple of 10,000 RPM drives running RAID 0, and there is simply no comparison. I skipped the BIOS and went right to the boot loader. It boots Windows 7, and then I dumped VS2010 Ultimate and Firefox 3.6 in my start up folder. I'm ready to rock and roll in 18 seconds.
Oh, and one more thing - this is a VHD hard drive that I'm booting off of so it's actually slightly slower than my typical install. I just didn't want to mess around with that on video due to all the logins and junk I gotta do by hand when logging onto our network.
I know a bunch of people are waiting for the prices to go down, but don't! You may get it $100 cheaper a year from now, but this thing is well worth the extra $2 a week to have it right now.