Install VM Windows XP or 7 in OCZ express card?

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  1. henry72 macrumors 65816

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  2. breathesrain macrumors regular

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    That's slower than a lot of USB drives...so it'd probably be frustrating, if it was even workable at all.
     
  3. henry72 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    IC... Do u know any other card perform much faster than that OCZ card??

    Thanks
     
  4. breathesrain macrumors regular

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    I'm not expert on Expresscard/34, but this was just about the first thing that came up while googling:

    http://www.transcendusa.com/products/moddetail.asp?modno=162

    Has about the same speed as the better USB 2.0 drives. I'm sure you can probably find something a bit faster, but as far as I know expresscard drives don't compare to internal drives in terms of speed, at all. A lot of them are restricted to USB 2.0 speed because that's how they're configured.

    But, again, I don't know what the minimum requirements for a boot drive are. USB 2.0 speeds are certainly usable, but I'm sure they'll be a PITA.
     
  5. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Expresscard SSD's come in two flavors, differentiated by the bus they connect on.

    The one linked in the OP probably connects via the USB bus, hence its slow speed.

    SSDs such as this connect on the PCI-E bus (2.5 Gbit/s max) and will be much faster, but I don't know how easy it would for you to boot from it, if at all.
     
  6. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    One of the reviews is a mac user booting from it:
     
  7. henry72 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks all of u~

    I think I'll leave it, seems too slow and not very reliable :D
     
  8. henry72 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    In my case, it's easy~ What I need to do is just move the VM file to the express card SSD :)
     
  9. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    The one eddieisgreat linked does 115 mb reads and 65 mb writes according to user comments.
     
  10. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Sorry op didn't read.

    That should be perfect for a VM.
     

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