Have a 180GiB Intel 330 SSD, that was removed from my primary PC yesterday and replaced with an upgraded model.
It's going back into the notebook it came out of, an MSI FX603, decently powered with an i5 480M (1st gen), GeForce Gt 425M & 8GiB RAM. Since I have another SSD in there for Windows 7 & 8.1 Pro, and don't see the need of wasting space on a precious SSD storing data, am considering running MInt 17.1 MATE on the entire drive.
Making like 32GiB for root, 4GiB for Swap, and the rest for /home.
My question has to do with running VM's on the SSD, while I realize that putting them to Sleep or Hibernating them creates huge writes, I'm not running them that way. My VM's are just like my computers, they're on or shut down. This being the case, do I need to be concerned with accelerated wear on the SSD? It still has over 99% of life left, and was the 2nd fastest SSD on my PC, with writes of close to 500MB/sec & reads of 600MB/sec (ATTO Benchmark). Of course, this speed will be cut in half, because the notebook I'm re-installing it in is SATA 2, though it'll come close to saturating SATA 2 speeds. In real life, this isn't noticed at boot, but when doing other work, and still will be much faster than a HDD.
My plans are to run both Windows 7 & XP Pro as VM's on the install, but if it's going to cause excessive wear & tear, will take a different strategy. The SSD was purchased for that notebook in 2012, has a bit of warranty left, has served me well, and was blindsided by the performance on my PC, far more than I expected after it's first 2.5 years in my notebook. Figured that all of the time of being on SATA 2 MB had took some of it's kick away, but didn't.
Anyone know the advantages & pitfalls of running VM's on a SSD? I don't think it matters about the Host OS, any wear & tear is the same. Also, I didn't purchase it to showcase it, but to use it, however not abuse it.
I realize that this Topic may be better placed in the Hardware section for the most views, but am asking current LInux users experience first.
We need to be a little Hardware aware also.
Thanks for any answers provided.