This post is an update to my previous posts on using Virtual Machines (VMs). Here are some links to those articles:
In part 2 I included a section on where to store VMs. I mentioned that I was using a USB 3.0 spinning drive to store my VMs. At the time I thought it was a cost-effective solution. I have since changed my mind.
Ed Dickens is the one who changed my mind. There’s a group of us LabVIEW guys who get together for coffee occasionally. One day Ed was there and I was complaining about how expensive portable SSDs were. He said “Don’t bother buying a portable one. Just grab an enclosure and buy a cheap 2.5 internal SSD. It’s totally worth it!” He had an enclosure that was pretty slick. It was tool-less – just slide the drive in. It also had a
So I found one similar to what Ed suggested on Amazon for about $15. It is tool-less and has a builtin USB-C cable that supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10GBPs) See above picture. I also bought a 1 TB crucial SSD for $125. So for ~$150 I got a blazing fast portable drive for my VMs. The speed boost is incredible. It is most notable on bootup and when loading or building LabVIEW and Teststand projects. The speed difference is easily worth the $150.
I saw a few NVME drive enclosures.
That’s why I opted for a SATA enclosure. Who knows? Maybe in a few months or
Another reason to justify buying the enclosure/SSD combo is that I do work a fair amount with PXI chassises which use 2.5 drives. If I need to pull a drive and do something with it (whipe it, format it, clone it, etc) now I have an enclosure with me.