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.]

43 Comments

  1. @MDN “Do we all get to use these drives that will offer controllers that are designed around Vista’s shortfalls?”

    They are referring to the controller chips on the motherboard. The drives themselves won’t be Vista optimised, because then they’d lock themselved out of the server market.

  2. More to the point, does anyone know if Mac OS X is optimized for SSD drives?

    And what exactly does it mean to “optimize for SSD drives”?!?

    As far as I’m aware, all hard drives for notebooks present a SATA (or ATA-100) interface to the host CPU, so why should the operating system know or care whether the internal drive mechanism is magnetic platters or solid state?

    I’m speculating that SanDisk is blowing a little smoke here, blaming Vista for SanDisk’s tardiness or design choices. To test whether SanDisk is blowing smoke or is on to something real, it would be interesting to know whether other SSD manufacturers are facing the same issues with Vista, and if so, what they did to prevent or avoid the problem.

  3. Ampar: if vista is optimized for floppies, and a little googling shows that vista installs can reach 8 gigs, and comes compressed on one dvd…….

    isn’t that about 3000+ floppies?

    did MS ship a gold master floppy stack?

  4. I’m not convinced yet that SanDisk has a real complaint, but if it does, how do you know that the MacBook Air with SSD doesn’t suffer from the same performance problems that SanDisk is mentioning?

    All these SSDs — whether used with Vista or Mac OS X — are first generation products, and as with any 1.0 product, I would expect them to have performance, stability, manufacturing, and pricing issues.

  5. “I’m speculating that SanDisk is blowing a little smoke here, blaming Vista for SanDisk’s tardiness or design choices. To test whether SanDisk is blowing smoke or is on to something real, it would be interesting to know whether other SSD manufacturers are facing the same issues with Vista, and if so, what they did to prevent or avoid the problem.”

    Exactly. This is just bullshit because SanDisk’s SSD products are inferior to their competition. You don’t hear Samsung SSDs having any “Vista” issues. Hell, Macs are using the same damn Intel SATA drive controllers as everyone else.

    Recent SSD drive performance vs. platter drive performance numbers under Vista x64: http://techreport.com/articles.x/15079/8

    Scapegoat, anyone?

  6. “The Lenvo Thinkpad beats the MacBook Air soundly”

    can you say “opinion” i knew you could……

    if you go looking at spec sheets, turns out the thinkpad weighs more, is thicker, and the low end costs $1000 more than the entry MBA.

    ….so it does beat it soundly in price.

    and, the final smack down, does the thinkpad run OS X? then it is just a pathetic paper weight.

  7. It is not hard for Apple to stay ahead of the competition when the competition is so stupid. I tried to install a webcam on Vista the other day and could not get it to work because of the Vista Firewall. It worked instantly when I plugged the same camera into my Mac. You see my point?

  8. Vista is one of those little gifts to Apple that just keeps giving… month after month… year after year!

    Billy Gates should be proud…his former team has single handily turned a market over to their competitor, i.e Apple!

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