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My OS and apps are on a SSD, data files are on HDD.

Does it make sense to set up up a torrent client in a vm, and configure it to always run via a vpn: the intention is to be able to run torrents encrypted for privacy, and the other software in the clear.

Should I install the VM on the SSD, and would this generate excessive disk writes? Any suggestions?

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Why would you need to "run torrents encrypted"? – Moses Sep 11 '13 at 13:26
for privacy. However running all soft through vpn creates issues, such as: outgoing STMP email does not work + my clear" logins are logged from the VPN server, which I want to avoid – user253227 Sep 11 '13 at 13:30
torrents and privacy is nearly an oxymoron. I do hope you don't plan to download data you don't have the rights to. – Ramhound Sep 11 '13 at 13:30
I think we can assume what the answer is. So why bother asking. I would just "assume" it is for something legitimate and answer. – Keltari Sep 11 '13 at 13:31

I dont think thats necessary. Many of the major torrent applications have encryption built in, such as uTorrent and Transmission. You can even require encryption in their settings. Setting up a VM and a VPN is extra overhead that is not necessary.

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inasfar as I understand it from security forums, the torrent client encryption you mention (which I use) is not sufficient for teal privacy – user253227 Sep 11 '13 at 16:07

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