Sandisk: Windows Vista not optimized for solid state drives

“SanDisk said Monday that Windows Vista is not optimized for solid state drives, delaying the delivery of optimized drives until next year,” Brooke Crothers reports for CNET.

Crothers reports, “Solid state drives (SSDs) are used instead of hard disk drives in select high-end notebook PCs today such as the Apple MacBook Air and Toshiba Portege R500.”

MacDailyNews Take: Sounds like Toshiba’s SOL then, huh? Unless you like limiting yourself to running a bloated upside-down and backwards OS that’s not optimized for your storage hardware while concurrently prohibiting yourself access to the world’s most advanced operating system along with reams of best-in-class applications. Get a Mac – you can even slum it with Windows when you want to see how poorly you can make your SSD perform.

Crothers continues, “Speaking during SanDisk’s second-quarter earnings conference call, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Eli Harari said that Windows Vista will present a special challenge for solid state drive makers. ‘As soon as you get into Vista applications in notebook and desktop, you start running into very demanding applications because Vista is not optimized for flash memory solid state disk,’ he said. This is due to Vista’s design. ‘The next generation controllers need to basically compensate for Vista shortfalls,’ he said.”

MacDailyNews Take: Great. Bastardize your hardware design in order to compensate for Microsoft’s ineptitude. Do we all get to use these drives that will offer controllers that are designed around Vista’s shortfalls? Oh, the excitement.

Crothers continues, “‘Unfortunately, (SSDs) performance in the Vista environment falls short of what the market really needs and that is why we need to develop the next generation, which we’ll start sampling end of this year, early next year,’ Harari said. Harari said this challenge alone is putting SanDisk behind schedule. ‘We have very good internal controller technology, as you know…That said, I’d say that we are now behind because we did not fully understand, frankly, the limitations in the Vista environment,’ he added.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: For what, exactly, is Windows Vista optimized, besides lining a convicted monopoly abuser’s pockets and forcing hardware purchases on people who haven’t yet figured out that what they really want is an Apple Mac?

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Davis Machead” for the heads up.]


  1. Eric Willard is a moron.
    Billy Gates is a moron.
    Steve Ballmer is a moron.
    Windows (Vista) buyers are morons.

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