I have built a new computer with 3 SATA HDD's. I have my system on one drive and a Ghost 2003 image on another drive. I am planning to covert my system drive.to a SSD. I am running Windows XP and I am not sure what I need to do. How do I prepair the SSD for install? Can I prepair the SSD, then Ghost the image from my Ghost drive to the SSD?
For an Intel SSD, you shouldn't have to do anything to make it work. You can connect to your system and set it up just like a new hard drive. Or you may image your appropriately sized HD to an SSD just like it were a HD, using a variety of tools including Ghost.
Does that help?
Your aligment concerns are apporpriate for non-Intel SSDs. But the X-25M and the X25M G2 do not require a correct alignment. The performance differences between "aligned" and "unaligned" will be negligible.