So what can you go to make sure it lasts as long as it can? I've gathered a few tips from around the web to help.
- Go without a pagefile (if you have at least 2GB of RAM)
- Disable automatic disk defragmentation (only Vista and Win 7)
- Turn off hibernation
- Put a halt to prefetching
- If this is a system with two drives move the location of your Temp directory path (and move the pagefile rather than disabling it as above).
Versions after Windows XP actually do make some changes to optimize, but it doesn't hurt to check. And have fun with your new found (or bought) speed!