I "splurged" and bought a 256 gig SSD to run in my W500 UltraBay slot. I notice no such distortion or delays when playing music from there. I have not played music from my main drive which has the operating system on it. I do not run WinAmp, so cannot tell you if that is the problem.
Yes, I do disable both SuperFetch and indexing. (but not Search) SuperFetch is designed to help speed up repetetive load times on a mechanical drive... a feature not needed with a SSD, according to what I have read about SuperFetch. I disable SuperFetch by means of Services, and using a Registry hack. One can Google for the howto on that. It's easy.
No, do not Defrag a SSD. (And do go in to make sure the Windows Defrag scheduler is disabled. It doesn't always auto-disable Defrag Scheduler when a SSD is present, if Windows is not "aware" of your specific SSD drive brand or type.)
The thinking out there is that defragmentation shortens the drive's life, and is just not needed. SSDs do not "fragment". However, I am running a 3rd party paid program, "Perfect Disk" which claims to not defrag, but does manage free space and other optimizing tasks on the SSD. Not sure if that is all "snake oil" but I'm watching to see the results over the next few months.
thanks much for the info mgo-- so do you disable both SuperFetch and indexing on your SSD? on a somewhat related note, I noticed distortion when playing a long MP3 file from the SSD-- a kind of distortion I usually associate with a kind of delay that sometimes occurs when playing files from a USB-connected HDD-- and I have a feeling it has something to do with this constant access to the drive somehow interrupting Winamp's processing of the MP3 file-- would this make any sense given how SSDs work? when I copied the file to an HDD, the instances of this distortion seemed to decrease.
I guess I should find some primer on using solid state drives and their proper maintenance...
oh one more question: do you defragment your SSD?