Run fusion VM from external drive questions.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by dazed, Apr 26, 2014.

  1. dazed macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007

    Am wanting to get the various VMs that are clogging up my internal drive and put them on an external. I have a mid 2011 iMac and am wondering if FireWire would be acceptable speed wise. My VMs are windows 7 and soon to be Windows 8. I don't run heavy apps on them, mostly web browsers and some accounting software.

    Thunderbolt is still too pricey so hopefully usb2 or FireWire will be ok.

  2. whiteonline macrumors 6502


    Aug 19, 2011
    California, USA
    It will run fine.
    Keep in mind, FW800 is significantly faster than USB2, so get that if you can. USB2 will work, but you'll probably experience sluggish performance opening apps and booting.
  3. dazed thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    Thanks. I'll look into a FireWire enclosure.

    I have 16gb ram so I will dedicate a bit more to the vm which hopefully will help.

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