in windows 7 you have a performance information and tools in control panel that can rate the various subsystems in your computer. the program that runs these assessments is winsat.exe. it’s a command line utility so you can actually run individual assessments yourself. for example i just ran winsat disk on my laptop with a traditional hard drive
i’ll update this post with information on my favorite laptop performance improvement – a solid state hard drive shortly.
I don't see an update....I would be interested in what the difference was between the traditional hard drive and the solid state.
eric - just posted an update - see today's info with resizable screen shots of results