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Benefits of an SSD boot drive?

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Originally I was planning to get an SSD to use as my VM server's boot drive, but when I thought about it some more, I realized that I can't think of any scenario where the performance of an SSD would justify spending the money versus sticking with the old 250GB HDD that's in there right now for testing purposes. Is there something I'm missing?
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For a server which is something that doesn't get booted very often and then runs mostly in RAM, it's not very useful.

The only reason I'd get one instead of a hdd is if I didn't need much disk space, it's cheaper than the smallest sata hdd you(or at least I) can buy.
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I also think some people use them for VM storage, higher read/write times so the VM runs better.
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In a proper virtualization setup, you would not run your VMs from your host OS boot drive.

I use 60GB SSDs for all my boot drives though, mainly because they are pretty cheap and I can fit a 2.5" drive pretty much anywhere (if I didn't want to take up a normal drive slot, for example). I also do not have any spare 2.5" HDD laying around, but I do have 2 x 3TB, 2 x 2TB, and 1 x 1TB drive laying around...which I would not want to waste on an OS.

Benefits of using the SSD for the OS are there, such as faster boot (yeah yeah, servers don't get booted often -- but when I need to reboot my server containing a VM of my Domain Controller, I want it back up as fast as possible), faster page file (aka, swap or virtual memory), no concern of defrag, lower power consumption, silent, and cooler.
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