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Best SSD / NVME for VMWare Workstation VM s

Need a seperate storage drive to run VMWorkstaion VMs from

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David Favor

8/22/2022 - Mon

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

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Any will do, even cheaper SSDs!

it's also VMware

another option in VMware Workstation is to RESERVE ALL MEMORY for your VMs, which means, you must have physical memory available for them, and to give you an idea, our workstations and laptops have a MINIMUM of 32GB now!

and our larger workstations have between 48GB-196GB of RAM !
David Favor

Best SSD / NVME... eh?

This is like asking what's better, Ford or Chevy... Linux or OSX or Windows...

Each person will have their own approach.

For me, I use 18TB EXOS mechanical drives, then lots of RAM so file buffers run at RAM speed... then eventually flush to disk...

This provides - cheap/fast/quiet disk space at a fraction of the cost of SSD, where only down side is mechanical disks run a bit warm.

Since VM images usually boot from a file image, run in temp/volatile storage, only update boot image when an explicit save is done... another approach might be to place your temp/volatile space in a RAM disk for faster than SSD speed.

And generally RAM disk hacks are overkill.

If you must use SSD then your only constraint if your budget, as you can purchase very fast 8TB SSD drives now... maybe even 16TB drives...

Most SSD drives are comparable, just look at size you require + speed of I/O throughput you require + pick which ever devices meets you're requirements.

https://www.amazon.com/Platinum-Internal-Express-Compatible-Solutions/dp/B093B7GQBQ/?th=1 provides an example of a fast 8TB SSD NVMe drive.
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