Partition format type for storing virtual machines

Jean-Christophe GALLAND
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Hello. I have a brand new Windows 10 laptop and I want to run virtual machines using VMWare. I am thinking about partitioning my SSD and allocate a partition to store my virtual machines. What format should I select for this new partition? NTFS? Fat32?
Thanks


PS: I read on internet that the best would be to store the VMs on a separate hard drive but
1- My laptop does not allow me to add a second hard drive
2- It adds cost...
3- I could buy an external HDD but I would loose on speed
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Commented:
NTFS eg Windows 10 native format to be honest creating a folder or directory is just as good if you only have a single disk.

Unless you really want a partition to separate your VMs

Separate disk is usually recommended because separate channel or set of spindles in the old days of spinning rust!

If Windows 10 Pro you may like to consider Client Hyper-V which performs better because it’s a Type 1 hypervisor compared to VMware Workstation which is an application and Type 2! And costs money!!!

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Thanks. I don't have Windows 10 pro and already purchased a license of VMWare. The reason I want to store my VMs on a separate partition is to protect them in case my system partition crashes.
With that in mind, what partition format should I use? NTFS? FAT 32? Other?
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NTFS

I assume you will be using VMware Workstation
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Yes indeed, thanks!
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Please note: The idea that an additional partition will "crash" less likely than an OS partition is, well, nonsense. Being an OS partition or not has no effect in that respect.

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I don’t really mean a mechanical crash but rather an OS crash. That’s why I guess PC manufacturers ship their computers with 1 partition for the OS and 1 separate for personal data. If no benefit, they would not bother doing this
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That theory is wrong. An os crash does not mean, the partition data becomes unreadable. You have no advantage for your scenario by having more than one partition, when it comes to (whatever) os crashes. Those won't damage your VMs.

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