I'm going to find a price on upgrading to the 90gb oCZ model.
If you get these I bet the teachers still say their 10 year old monster tower deaktop ( That they've asked you to fix 5 times in the last year ) is still faster and the network sucks!
What brand are these desktops? They seem nicely priced.
Just a thought. Could you use the hard drives from the current desktops as a secondary to store some of the "rubbish" (Pagefile, Temp Files and less used applications) to free up some space on the ssd.
As you say, you should be alright with a 64GB SSD, but an 80GB or 96GB SSD would give you a little bit more breathing room. :)
Keep in mind you need at least 7.4GB free for the installation of service packs on 64-bit OSs (I'm thinking of when Windows 7 SP2 comes along which should have similar reqs. as SP1).Code:
100MB System Reserved Partition
5GB Cached MSIs (Windows 7 now caches entire MSIs in %SystemRoot%\Installer) plus various temp files and junk which build-up over time.
4.3GB The difference in disk space requirements between CS3 Design Premium and CS 5.5 Design Premium (just in case you do upgrade in a couple of years :) ).
The Master Collection requires 24.3GB if you install everything!
= 21.6GB free.
By the way, avoid installing Intel's RST drivers if you can. The "Link Power Management" feature causes issues with certain SSDs (C300s, M4s, Vertex's etc.). Whatever SSDs you choose, make sure they come with the latest firmware installed. The C300's should come with firmware rev. 0007 already applied if they are brand new, but I would check with the supplier because it would be a huge PITA to flash 300 SSDs to fix the reliability issues earlier firmwares had.
Seems like that chart says otherwise:P I've only heard people say they are good, but maybe not then:)
Not trying to throw a spanner in the works, but you may want to look into the lifespan of current SSDs.
Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror (and co-founder of StackOverflow) recently wrote an article about his personal and professional experience of SSD lifespan, which, I'll be honest, has put me off using them for a while yet... At least personally.
Make sure they have the newest bios. The older bios does not like sudden power drops and I even had one die due to that reason. The newer bios has better power management and less problems with power drops.
Performance wise I would never go back to a none SSD drive.
I've not tried them personaly, but I've heard these are worth a look for laptops.
Storage » Internal Hard Drives » SATA - HYBRID - Overclockers UK
under specs tab at the bottom shows 5 years for warranty :)
They do a 120gb version 6G ( which is SATA 3 aka 6gbps ) so when you do upgrade your computers with SATA 3 at least they will keep up to speed. I think the C300 / real ssd only does about 300 mbps read / write where as the OWC does around the 500mbps read and write ( give or take a bit )
I was pressed between the OWC 6G or the OCZ vertex 3 ( either the normal or the max iops edition )
OWC OWCSSDMX6G240 240GB Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD... in stock at OWC
OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD has 5-year warranty | Ubergizmo