1

I want to run a Virtual Machine, just like I do from my laptop using an external Solid State Drive.

Problem is:
I only have USB 2.0 Ports on my laptop and I need to use this laptop.
The programs I want to run from the VM are CAD programs, so I assume they have a lot of reads and writes.

Is this feasible since the USB speeds might me too slow?
Thanks, I am new to Solid State Drives.

  • The SSD is external, since you talk about USB, I presume? Running CAD programs can be painfully slow from external drive. I wouldn't recommend it, although it can be done. USB connection will severely bottleneck your I/O speeds. – Aulis Ronkainen Nov 18 '18 at 19:50
  • Yes, I want to use an external drive since my laptop drive is full. – sheeple Nov 18 '18 at 19:57
  • If you're doing this to get some work done, don't do it. Only do CAD with internal drives. If you're doing this for fun, try it out. See how fast/slow it is. This is my recommendation. – Aulis Ronkainen Nov 18 '18 at 20:04
0

Almost the same question, just for USB 3.0:

Can I run a virtual machine from external USB drive?

The poster from the above link has updated his post with findings after having used a VM from an external drive on a computer with the following specs:

  • Host OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: i7 5600U
  • RAM: 16 GB

For anyone who finds this post and wants to know the result: I had some doubts about this pre hand, and I would not recommend this setup for any developer. The boot time is horrible and starting apps like Visual Studio takes at least 3-4 times as long time.

My advice: Only use this solution if you have no alternatives.

Your Answer

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.