Windows 7 and SSDs

A lot of questions surround Solid State Drives (SSDs) and their longterm reliability. Microsoft’s Michael Fortin has penned an excellent Q & A on Windows 7 and its enhanced support for SSDs and the value they offer the mobile user. A must read for any of those interested in SSD technology. Head over to Enginneering Windows 7 for the full article.

Many of today’s Solid State Drives (SSDs) offer the promise of improved performance, more consistent responsiveness, increased battery life, superior ruggedness, quicker startup times, and noise and vibration reductions. With prices dropping precipitously, most analysts expect more and more PCs to be sold with SSDs in place of traditional rotating hard disk drives (HDDs).

In Windows 7, we’ve focused a number of our engineering efforts with SSD operating characteristics in mind. As a result, Windows 7’s default behavior is to operate efficiently on SSDs without requiring any customer intervention. Before delving into how Windows 7’s behavior is automatically tuned to work efficiently on SSDs, a brief overview of SSD operating characteristics is warranted.