Parallels or VMWare Virtual Machines on an SSD: Is it worth it?

Ken Ng

Father. Technologist. Photographer. Blogger. Shares his thoughts on the everything technology that amuses him on a anytime he can while regularly abuses his Mac, iPhone and iPad. Devices with APS-C CMOS sensors seems to be a favourite passtime and his job involves selling mules to connect stuff.

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5 Responses

  1. John says:

    Just to clarify were the test conditions:

    A)
    1. Parallels 7 Installed on SSD, Windows 7 Virtual machine (.pvm) file located on SSD
    2. Parallels 7 Installed on ***SSD***, Windows 7 Virtual machine (.pvm) file located on HDD

    -or-

    B)
    1. Parallels 7 Installed on SSD, Windows 7 Virtual machine (.pvm) file located on SSD
    2. Parallels 7 Installed on ***HDD***, Windows 7 Virtual machine (.pvm) file located on HDD

    It sounds like you did A, which is precisely the comparison I was looking for. Thanks for putting this out there.

  2. Ken Ng says:

    It’s A. To keep things simple, all my apps are installed on the SSD.

  3. Off Topic says:

    Your explanation made me beleive I don’t need a SSD (improvement is not that great, when comparing with improvments in the host). And then, your said: “Today, I pretty much leave my Windows VM running all the time. There’s just simply no reason why I even need to shut it down as the overall responsiveness of the system is just great!”. That’s the sentence I needed to be sure that SSD is an upgrade I need. Thanks for all !

  4. Ken Ng says:

    I apologise for confusing you there. 🙂 I wanted to ensure the fact that SSD is NOT a performance magic bullet. It wouldn’t make your 3D shooters run at faster FPS nor would it make your machine process 3D rendering faster, HOWEVER, when it comes to performance that are limited by disk speeds, that’s where SSD shines. And this is why it’s the overall responsiveness of the system (not performance) that improves.

    So yes. Getting an SSD is worth it. I’m glad you got that message at the end. 🙂

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