Can I install VirtualBox VM onto a USB3 Flash Drive?

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i_amlegend
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Can I install VirtualBox VM onto a USB3 Flash Drive?

Post by i_amlegend » Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:52 pm

Last month, I bought a 320GB Crucial M4 SSD for my MSI FX603-064US notebook.Performance is excellent, couldn't ask for more, especially given the bottleneck, the SSD is designed for SATA3, my MB is SATA2.But I have a concern. I've read forum posts & articles that states that it's not good to run VM's on a SSD, even in the Data partition, where it now is. I have an XP MCE VM running via VirtualBox, mainly for testing & using XP from time to time. It also performs excellent on the SSD,boots as fast as my main install (Win 7 Pro x64) does.

First off, is it true that running a VM on a SSD is hard on it, or is that a myth? I only run it (the VM) 2 or 3 times a month.

Secondly, if so, can I run my VM on a USB3 Flash Drive, such as this one?

i017535
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Re: Can I install VirtualBox VM onto a USB3 Flash Drive?

Post by i017535 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:04 pm

"Bump"! Does anyone have any answer(s) to my concerns here?Actually, I'd like to buy the USB3 Flash drive & do this, but would like to hear from anyone who has. USB3 should be faster than the original 5400rpm mechanical HDD that was in the computer when bought.

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