Quote: Originally Posted by yowanvista
3GB is fine for VirtualBox with XP running 512MB RAM
If it is lagging you might want to add more RAM and upgrade to x64 as you won't be able to use more than 3.2GB
Yes, sir. VirtualBox is a sexy software but I don't like to use shared network in order to share files. I would prefer drag and drop into the VM itself. Rather than using shared network to share files. Or, is there a way around it?
Tbh, I just upgraded my RAM from 2 to 3 and I don't got much spare cash to grab another 2 GB of RAM to slot it in so, I might wanna' do that in the future. Thanks for the suggestion.
Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45
There's no RIGHT answer to this question as the number, content and size of your Virtual machines will matter.
RAM is probably THE MOST important consideration in running VM's -- you can get away with 3GB but I'd look on 4GB as a BARE minimum. Remember the HOST OS needs to have enough or your system will be doing nothing but paging -- and paging Virtual machines will KILL a system STONE DEAD very quickly.
Decent Disk speed is also important -- try and have your VM's on different DEVICES (and I mean different disks, not just on different partitions).
CPU isn't so much an issue at this point.
On a Laptop you can't do much about different disk devices but I'd still say go for a MINIMUM of 4GB RAM even if you only intend to have a fairly small XP Virtual Machine.
I have 16 GB of RAM on my main machine which allows me to run a load of VM's quite nicely.
Hi, I would like to ask again, by your meaning of get away with 3 GB of RAM, does it means that I can run a 512 MB of RAM smoothly? I have 2 HDD tho', do it mean that it'll be better to install my VM on different HDD from where the VM software is installed? Sorry for asking, just checking. I'm not quite sure whether which VM softwares to use and of course, like what you have said, it's hard to choose from which is the 'best' as it would depend on one's specs and all. Sorry for ignoring that into consideration when posting.