Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk
120gb is far from ample here! My last system image came in at 492gb in size from the 1tb OS drive. Think that can restored to a 120gb SSD?
I don't think so!
The idea of having a larger OS boot drive is called work space. With multiple VMs, video captures/editing, some CAD even along with other projects drive space is a commodity!
the VM's can live on an HDD -- the MAJOR Performance problems for VM's aren't really I/O but RAM. If the host has plenty of RAM most VM's will be just fine on an HDD -- Of course if your VM's are being used by several clients (as servers) or if you are trying to run a lot of simulataneous apps then you could have a problem.
For Windows itself -- if you have a typical Windows 7 say Ultimate or Pro system with Office, Vmware / Vbox, Photoshop and a few other smaller apps the actual OS itself only needs to be around probably 50 - 60GB and that's quite largish.
That means on your 256 GB SSD you've got nearly 200 GB free for System paging (should be a MAX amount equal to the RAM size so tytpically 8 - 16 GB) and the rest available for photoshop scratch files etc etc.
You could even have a VM with a smallish amount of its OS space as one VHD and the other (data) as a VHD on a "Normal" HDD.
perversely (although it's "counter intuitive" an SSD won't really help you much in Multi-media editing since a lot of the time it's HUMAN intervention and keyboard / mouse actions - the initial file load will be quicker but that's about all --so it's a moot point as to whether you would gain significantly in using that option).