Windows 7 is supposed to be able to detect that a Solid State Drive (SSD) is being used, and make changes to some settings so that it can take advantage of the technology. TweakTown has run some tests with the Patriot Warp2 128GB SSD SATA drive for both RAID 0 and single drive setups, comparing Windows 7 beta and Windows Vista SP1. Based on the results found, the site has concluded that Windows 7 currently has a slight edge over Vista:
Based on our testing, we can see that obviously Microsoft have spent some time improving SSD performance under Windows 7, as it managed to beat out Vista in all but one test and that might have only been a slip up.
Of course, these tests don’t really represent how all SSDs will perform on Windows 7, though we can expect improvements as better drivers are written. Solid SSD performance will be key in Windows 7’s adoption in future netbooks, a laptop form factor that has really taken off recently, and is expected to keep doing well due to the current economy. Hopefully Microsoft will be able to keep these positive results up with the RC build (expected in April), as well as the RTM. You can check out all of the results at the link below.