I just ordered an SSD but won't have time to fully install and test it until after I have to mail in the rebate form. But I would like to make sure its not DOA when it arrives. Can I just plug it in and scan it as a secondary drive? Is there some sort of freeware/trial version of a utility that will run a quick/ish scan to make sure everything "works" without going through a whole benchmarking suite? (Does chhkdsk still exist under Vista and will that work on an SSD?)
Yep, it's a SATA device and as far as the system goes it works just like any other SATA disk drive. The only difference to the system is that it reports a rotational speed of "0 rpm" which Windows uses to determine that it's actually a Solid State Disk.