I purchased a Macbook Pro Retina 15in (with all the upgrades) and it is very common for me to fire up a virtual machine on it. I may need an application only designed for Windows, or I may need Windows itself (to test web deployments and such). I currently rely on Windows 7 & Windows Server 2012 (Metro) and run everything through those. However, it is becoming more and more desirable to have many smaller machines, like XP, Vista, 7, 8, flavours of Windows Server, and even some Linux distros. However, this will take quite a bit of room, since I have to install a certain amount of programs on each machine.
I want something fast and responsive, but I don't want to
- Fill my SSD (768GB, with ~200GB left)
- Burn out my SSD by doing an excessive amount of reads and writes
What are my options? I currently have a WD 1TB USB 3.0 external 2.5" drive I primarily use to store disc images and VHD's on, but is there something better? I considered ordering an SSD off Newegg or something, putting it in a USB 3.0 enclosure, and running it through that. Any suggestions?