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Hi all, I'm planning to build a box running Oracle VirtualBox as virtualizer. The setup will be; OS and software on SSD - 120G VMs and data on WD Black ...
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    About selecting SSD


    Hi all,

    I'm planning to build a box running Oracle VirtualBox as virtualizer. The setup will be;

    OS and software on SSD - 120G
    VMs and data on WD Black series HDD - 1.5TB

    I wonder which shall I go mSATA or SATA III? Please shed me some light. TIA

    Rgds
    satimis

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    Hi,

    If your board natively supports mSATA then that could be a good choice for the o/s, but it's jot worth it to spend extra money on an adapter to be able to use an mSATA drive. The likelihood is that your data speeds will be comparable, so the only advantage gained will be space, and it may come at the cost of performance given that the top speed of mSATA drives isn't quite as good as top standard SATA drives.

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    Articles on /. today that might be of interest.

    Power-Loss-Protected SSDs Tested: Only Intel S3500 Passes - Slashdot

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    Hi all,

    Thanks for your advice.

    I just setup a PC for daily working with following detail;

    Daily working PC (this PC having been running about 1 year)
    AMD 8-Core
    RAM 32G

    Intel SSD 120G - for OS and software
    WD Black label HHD -SATA III 1TB - for VMs and storage

    The booting speed is wonderful including booting VMs

    $ sudo lshw -class disk
    Code:
      *-disk:0                
           description: ATA Disk
           product: INTEL SSDSC2CT12
           physical id: 0
           bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
           logical name: /dev/sda
           version: 300i
           serial: CVMP241104R8120BGN
           size: 111GiB (120GB)
           capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
           configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=000cde8a
    
     *-disk:1
           description: ATA Disk
           product: WDC WD1002FAEX-0
           vendor: Western Digital
           physical id: 3
           bus info: scsi@3:0.0.0
           logical name: /dev/sdc
           version: 05.0
           serial: WD-WCATR2913437
           size: 931GiB (1TB)
           capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
           configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=000c92e3
    I'm now prepared to reconfigure the spare PC with similar setup

    Spare PC (an old box having been running several years)
    AMD 4-core
    RAM 8G

    WD Black label HHD -SATA III 1.5 TB.

    Code:
      *-disk:0
           description: ATA Disk
           product: WDC WD2002FAEX-0
           vendor: Western Digital
           physical id: 2
           bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0
           logical name: /dev/sdb
           version: 05.0
           serial: WD-WMAWP0496236
           size: 1863GiB (2TB)
           capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
           configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=00064d3a
    This spare box doesn't support mSATA.

    On googling I found following SSD:
    ADATA SX300 128GB mSATA SATA3 6Gb/s (Solid State Drive, SSD)

    ADATA SX300 128GB mSATA SSD Review
    ADATA SX300 128GB mSATA SSD Review - Overclockers Club

    Corsair Force GS Series 128GB 2.5" SATA3 6Gb/s SSD CSSD-F128GBGS-BK

    Force Series™ GS 128GB SATA 3 6Gb/s Solid-State Hard Drive
    Force Series? GS 128GB SATA 3 6Gb/s Solid-State Hard Drive


    The spare box will phase out soon when AMD releases the new desktop CPU. I'm waiting. There will be no sense to me building another 8-core and 32G RAM PC. My next PC will be >8-core and >32G RAM

    Comment on selecting SSD would be appreciated. TIA

    Rgds
    satimis

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    Quote Originally Posted by satimis View Post
    Hi all,


    Comment on selecting SSD would be appreciated. TIA

    Rgds
    satimis
    Remarks on host OS would be useful. Perhaps I have missed them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudgen View Post
    Remarks on host OS would be useful. Perhaps I have missed them.
    Hi,

    I have a WD Black label HDD 2TB on the daily working PC also running Ubuntu 12.04.3 64bit and VirtualBox. I have compared the booting speed;

    HDD - 42 sec
    SSD - 18 sec

    also the booting speed of VMs is much faster.

    Can any folk on the forum shed me some light on selecting the new SSD, ADATA or Corsair or any other suggestions? Thanks

    Rgds
    satimis

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    My main computer is a laptop so I wanted to reduce heat so I swapped the spinny disk for a 480GB Cruical SSD and very happy with it. My Kali laptop is an old Toshiba and I put a small Samsung SSD in it and moving to a SSD really helped the performace of the old laptop. I decided to try the Cruical SSD on my main laptop because I talked to someone at one of the Linux laptop vendors and they use Cruial for all their products.

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