I put a 160 gig SSD in my hp laptop. Then installed win 7 ultimate 64 bit. This way the proper alignment of disk was assured as win 7 takes care of everything. I have toolbox also, but it not needed if you use the msahci driveer which win 7 will install by default. The toolbox is not needed but is nice to have as a backup. I'd go with scenario 2.