Study: Windows 8 could help boost sales of SSDs in PCs

While sales of Windows 8 notebooks and ultrabooks have apparently gotten off to a slow start, a new study predicts that Windows 8 PCs will help to boost the sales of solid-state drive (SSDs) to double their amount in 2013 compared to 2012, and even higher sales in the next few years.

iSuppli's study says that in 2012, SSD shipments were at 39 million units; the research firm claims that number will go up to 83 million units in 2013. By 2016, yearly sales of SSDs are predicted to be as high as 239 million units, which iSuppli says will take up about 40 percent of the total hard drive market.

The press release adds:

The newest wave of ultrabooks loaded with Windows 8 has started to generate enthusiasm, with the superthin computers likely to pick up more steam this year. Upcoming ultrabooks based on Intel Corp.’s Haswell microprocessor architecture also have the potential to catch on with consumers. These factors should boost SSD prospects this year.

iSuupli also points out that Flash memory prices continue to go down, which will make SSDs more affordable and thus more attractive for PC makers to include in their products. All of these factors will make it far more likely for your next PC to have an SSD inside instead of the regular mechanical hard drive.

Source: iSuppli | Image via iSuppli

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Well, Windows 8 has made me return to Windows 7 for my SSD
Windows 8 has a problem with swapfile.sys. If you disable pagefile.sys, swapfile.sys will be also disabled, but if you MOVE pagefile.sys to an HDD as example, swapfile.sys remains on the C: - on the SSD. Unfortunately, even with 16Gb of memory, some software or games required pagefile present. Consideryng that the file is refreshed about twice in a hour, the amount of writing could became substantial, reducing SSD life.
I think this may be a bug - they forgot to link swapfile.sys to pagefile.sys for moving.

Incredible study. They've concluded that SSD sales will go up if new ultrabooks sell well. Apparently Windows 8 would be the reason why new ultrabooks will sell well, therefore Windows 8 is the driving force behind high SSD sales.

They can just search/replace SSD with any piece of consumer computer hardware with the same effect.

Been using SSD's for the past 3 years, long before Windows 8. Windows 7 flies, and we never shutdown our systems, so the fast boot up times of Windows 8 is void.

New laptop in November with Win7 and 1TB disk, switched immediately to Win8 and a Intel 520 180GB SSD. Boot time 10 seconds. Photoshop start up, 5 seconds.

Having an SSD in my new iMac is definitely the most noticeable change from my previous one. I had no idea the difference would be so big. It boots so quickly the boot screen doesn't even show the round circle underneath the Apple logo anymore.

It's a shame that Windows 8 is no more SSD friendly than Windows 7;

* No option for installing Store apps on a secondary drive.
* Hibernation file can't go anywhere but on OS drive
* Searching and indexing is messed up for a lot of people on secondary drives.

Windows 8 isn't exactly Desktop friendly either, as everyone knows. Everything you're talking about is multi-drive friendly, not SSD friendly. Since people almost never install different hardware in their laptops or tablets, they aren't going to get a second hard drive (unlike with Desktops). So, Windows 8 does perfectly find with these devices, if they have an SSD.

1) There is a workaround to install Metro apps in another drive location

2) I'm pretty sure you can modify hibernation file location as well

3) No, searching and indexing works just like in Windows 7, I've no problem using Windows 8 with 3 hard disk (2 HDD + 1 SSD)

That graph is literally a linear trendline, and it has two points of (current) data.
The reason could be freaking anything.

SSD sales will go up no matter what.

Saying SSD sales will go up (the reason is irrelevant) is like saying the sky is blue or the sun will rise tomorrow.

LaP said,
SSD sales will go up no matter what.

Saying SSD sales will go up (the reason is irrelevant) is like saying the sky is blue or the sun will rise tomorrow.

This isn't necessarily true. If another fast persistent storage medium comes around that's cheaper than SSD's, it may replace SSD's altogether.

Though I agree with you that this isn't really interesting. Hearing about the next storage medium would be fascinating however.

Err... Win 8 has nothing to do with this.

As prices of SSDs come down, sales will go up. It's still at the point where most people would rather have TBs of cheap storage than spend $200 for a 256GB, which is barely enough for many people. Prices have come way way down in the past couple years, but it's still only at about the half way point of being desirable for everybody.

When I upgraded to Windows 8, I thought it was the right time for a hardware upgrade as well. I didn't actually do the hardware upgrade in the end, as I found myself annoyingly going back to Win 7 more and more, but if 8 had been something I wanted to keep then i would totally have invested in hardware. I think any Windows release is going to be a reason for upgrade.