Sandisk: Vista not optimized for solid state drives

By on July 22, 2008, 10:55 AM
It is Vista’s fault that solid state drives aren’t performing as well as its promoters had predicted. At least according to SanDisk’s Chairman and CEO Eli Harari, who recently announced it has delayed the launch of optimized drives until next year to overcome serious performance issues with the operating system.

Speaking at the company’s second quarter earnings conference call, Harari deflected blame for being behind schedule by claiming “Vista is not optimized for Flash memory solid state disks.” According to Harari, SanDisk didn’t fully understand the limitations in the Vista environment and thus now they are forced to develop new Flash memory controllers that can be built into SSDs to allegedly compensate for the operating system’s shortfalls.

His statements were notably short on details, though. It would seem like SanDisk is just throwing out a red herring to draw the spotlight away from deficiencies in their SSD products, especially when we’ve already seen OCZ’s Core SSDs performing at levels comparable to those of 10,000 RPM hard disk drives.




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shl0791 said:
I don't believe them. Their ssd drives scores are the lowest, compared to both standard and other ssd drives. Don't blame Vista, get your own products up to speed.
nirkon said:
[b]Originally posted by shl0791:[/b][quote]I don't believe them. Their ssd drives scores are the lowest, compared to both standard and other ssd drives. Don't blame Vista, get your own products up to speed. [/quote]True... true... but you know, its always easier to blame microsoft :)
Didou said:
While it's true that their less-than-stellar scores from their SSD drives might have something to do with that remark, it's also true that Vista (just as a lot of other OSes out there today) is not optimized for SSD drives.Vista, as did Windows XP, Windows 2000 is almost constantly writing small bits of information on the swap file or on the filesystem "journals". It's no secret that SSD drives are great to write big pieces of information at one time, rather than small pieces so it's more of a filesystem problem & to a less extent operating system problem.I think Linux when used with ReiserFS is one of the only operating systems out there right now that could work really well with SSD drives.
pyromaster114 said:
I believe that Vista's support for certain hardware sucks... I mean there's a bug that causes the hybrid drive I have in this notebook to lag on resume from Hibernation... it's probably not only one side's fault... Crud + Crud has always been equal to Extreme Crud...
Mictlantecuhtli said:
They had a different tone earlier:[url=http://www.sandisk.com/Corporate/PressRoom/Pres
Releases/PressRelease.aspx?ID=3785]SanDisk Solid State Drive Receives Windows Vista Certification and Scores High on Windows Experience Index[/url]I wonder what happened...
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