So rather than replacing my 3 year old thinkpad t43, I figure a couple hundred bucks, get an SSD drive for it. That would take care of the hard drive never stopping issues (yes even after a reload - just old basically - for me anyway).
I found this one TS64GSSD25-M on newegg.com for $275 and under $300 everywhere else.
Transcend 64GB 2.5" IDE SSD
Why is this so cheap? Whats wrong with it? All the other 64GB solid states I see are like $700+
It's probably MLC, with no wear leveling or any other features. As a result, its read performance will be all right (but not stellar), and its write performance will be horrendous. Get a 7200RPM drive - it'll probably be faster.
Or, if you can afford it, the Samsung SSD is an amazing performer.
Any "budget" SSD will have MLC, which is inherently both slower and more prone to wearing out. I wouldn't bother with them. The good SSDs are a different story, other than that they are too expensive for most people.