OK, so I’m probably the ten-millionth blogger to make this lame pun, but whatever, it was that or try to think of something original.
I try to have an open mind, so when I got a new laptop at work today, with Vista preinstalled, I decided to just shrink the NTFS partition and install Feisty Fawn in the free space. I didn’t expect I’d use Vista much, but it’s the company’s laptop, and someone else might.
To my surprise, neither Ubiquity nor GParted succeeded in resizing the NTFS partition, even though it was nearly empty. The only explanation I could think of was that the partition was fragmented, so I decided to boot Vista, defragment the drive, and try again.
About an hour later, I was finally able to start defrag, except it isn’t defrag any more, but a third-party tool called Diskeeper (probably Lenovo’s doing rather than Microsoft’s). Anyway, Diskeeper confirms that yes, ThinkPads now ship with the disk pre-fragmented for your inconvenience.
Problem is, Vista looks nice (at least until you notice the system tray icons, which really break the theme) and Aero is surprisingly snappy, but the system runs like it’s embedded in treacle. This is no dinky little Celeron, mind you, but a T7200—a Core 2 Duo running at 2 GHz. Granted, it only has 1 GB RAM (though I’ve got some more on order), but I still think it should be able to defrag its frigging drive a little faster.
All those ugly system tray icons are probably bogging the system down, I say to myself, so let’s reboot in Safe Mode and try again. But I made the mistake of connecting to the Internet, so Vista won’t let me reboot without first installing the updates it helpfully downloaded for me while I was trying to defrag the drive.
A few zillion CPU cycles later, I’m finally in Safe Mode.
And Diskeeper refuses to run.
It has been two hours since I first booted the laptop.
Thirty minutes later the disk has been wiped and Ubuntu is up and running.