So, essentially, here is a summary:
1. Please advise me on a Tablet PC, specifically if I should buy the m200 or if there is a great Tablet PC that is as cheap.
Overall, this is a great machine. You don't have to take my word for it, read through the Toshiba forum.
2. Does anybody ahve an explanation for the strangely affordable price of the m200?
I followed your eBay link and didn't see anything that looked like a surfeit of cheap M200s. I'd be surprised if you could get one for $1000 USD. Rumours about a replacement/upgrade for the M200 have been floating around for the last year. This forum is full of speculation and predictions. This tends to depress the price. Given the track record of the predictions, I wouldn't put any stock in them.
3. I've heard solutions for the hard-drive crashings of the m200 to be 'simply don't run it as much'. How many other problems are plaguing the m200?
Read through the Toshiba forums and you will find very few references to hard drive failures. They use the same drives as used by most major laptop manufacturers. I don't think they are more prone to issues than any other manufacturer.
4. Does my setup for my desktop and Tablet sound like something the Card of the m200 can handle? (I think it's a 32 meg Nvidia.. not sure much else.)[
Yes and you will probably want to look into some software like VNC, Ultramon and MaxiVista
5. I'm interested in getting this PC before the summer ends... However at the rate I'm going, I doubt I would get a legitamitely good (and legal for the strange pricing) m200.
They come up for sale here from time to time. I'd check out previous posts by anyone selling here to get some insight.
6. Are there any other tablet PCs that could do a setup like the Toshiba + The huge MultiDock? Multidock
There are lots of options for docking solutions. Do a ~Search for MultiDock here in the forums for owners' experiences.
7. Is there any other laptop as high-quality as the Toshiba m200, and as affordable?
Probably as good as most, considered by many to be one of the best.
8. Does partioning the harddrive (I will use my desktop for storage) into 2/3 boot partitions, one for backup, and one for emergencies, sound viable as a "emergency restore" system with no CD Drive?
Simpler perhaps, buy an external optical drive. See the M200/205 sticky post for more info on bootable drives.
It's a big topic, and I can't wait to see the responses.. Thank you for your help!