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VM on flash drive or ext HDD??

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
So I have a late 2013 rMBP but need a window and linux platform.
I am planning to use VM.
Storing on the internal SSD is not a option since it is limited.
I was going to get the PNY Storedge but it sticks out like a sore thumb.
Now the question is should I store the image on a flash drive or and ext HDD??

Flash drive: small and compact. but storage is small 64GB/128GB etc.
Ext HDD: Huge storage and cheap, but big.
Both will be USB 3.0.


Another question: is a USB 2.0 ext HDD or flash drive is sufficient??
post #2 of 4
It depends entirely on what kind of appliance you plan to run: are you going to boot up and shutdown often, will you be loading/unloading programs often, how much RAM will you assign to the VM and how much RAM your system has, etc.

Depending on all that, you may be good with a usb2.0 or terribly wrong.
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
I am going to be using modelsim and quartus.
Boot up when I need them and shut down when I dont.
Once they are open, I should not have to restart them unless there is a problem.
I am going to assign 2GB of RAM to the VM and my system have 8GB.
post #4 of 4
If those applications you'll be using don't have a lot of disk IO involved (doesn't seem like it) you may be good to go with a spinning disk, probably USB 2.0 would suffice to run under windows XP, but I guess you'll have to try and see how you like it. Anyway, having the VMs in a key size flashdrive is way more convenient, you'll probably have space more than enough and booting/loading up will be really quick, so all in all I'd go for a USB3.0 flashdrve.
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