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SanDisk may get some help in its efforts to improve performance in Vista with SSDs thanks to Samsung and Microsoft

Last month, SanDisk took a lot of flak when its CEO complained that its poor solid state drive (SSD) performance was attributed to poor support in Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system. The comments came as a shock to many considering that SanDisk last year proclaimed that its SSDs were "suited to a variety of Microsoft Windows Vista applications" and that the "Windows Vista operating system will run optimally when installed on the SanDisk SSD".

Despite these claims, many brushed aside SanDisk's comments since numerous other manufacturers have introduced thoroughly modern SSDs with significantly higher reads/writes than SanDisk's offerings.

It appears that SanDisk may now be getting some help in its quest to improve SSD performance in Windows Vista. ComputerWorld reports that Samsung is working together with Microsoft to improve the performance of SSDs within the operating system.

"We have been so used to hard drives for so many years, Windows is optimized for that obviously," said Sun Microsystems flash marketing manager Michael Wang.

Forward Insights analyst Gregory Wong went on to add that the sector size of SSDs is generally larger than those of hard drives. As a result, performance can suffer at times.

"My guess is that [Samsung and Microsoft] are maybe working on the OS recognizing an SSD with a 4KB sector size instead of a hard disk drive with a 512-byte sector size," Wong added.

Samsung would provide no details on what exactly will be changed in Microsoft's operating system to better support SSDs, or when a possible "fix" would be made available to customers. Whatever the fix is, it will be beneficial not only to Samsung SSDs, but to all SSDs.





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