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Install Both VirtualBox and Win 10 on External SSD?

PostPosted: 22. Apr 2019, 22:19
by TM70s
I have a Mac mini 2010 with 8GB of RAM running macOS Sierra (10.12.6). The processor is a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (pretty old but runs well).

I'd like to know if I can install and run both VirtualBox and Windows 10 on an external SSD, and have it operate without much issue or sluggishness?

Appreciate the advice and help in advance.

Re: Install Both VirtualBox and Win 10 on External SSD?

PostPosted: 22. Apr 2019, 22:49
by socratis
VirtualBox? No. For security reasons It has to be in "/Applications" or it won't run.

Your VM? Sure, could be. You got to be careful about sudden ejecting and/or power loss.

Re: Install Both VirtualBox and Win 10 on External SSD?

PostPosted: 22. Apr 2019, 23:00
by TM70s
Ok, sounds like a plan. :D

Thanks for helping so quickly!

Re: Install Both VirtualBox and Win 10 on External SSD?

PostPosted: 22. Apr 2019, 23:13
by socratis
A couple of notes: you can change the default location in the VirtualBox preferences. If you've already created a VM, see "Moving a VM".

Your limiting factor will be your USB3 transfer rates, not as fast to internal SATA.

Re: Install Both VirtualBox and Win 10 on External SSD?

PostPosted: 23. Apr 2019, 21:14
by TM70s
Makes sense about the transfer rates - good point.

I haven't created any VMs as of yet as I will be doing a new install of VB under Sierra.

And apologies for posting to the wrong forum!

Re: Install Both VirtualBox and Win 10 on External SSD?

PostPosted: 24. Apr 2019, 15:58
by rpmurray
socratis wrote:Your limiting factor will be your USB3 transfer rates, not as fast to internal SATA.

The 2010 Mac mini did not come with USB3 so it might be better to use the Firewire 800 port which is faster than the 4 USB 2.0 ports on the mini.

If you are handy with making repairs to computers you could try updating the internal hard drive with a large SSD OWC Hard Drive Install Video.

Re: Install Both VirtualBox and Win 10 on External SSD?

PostPosted: 24. Apr 2019, 16:40
by TM70s
You're right in that my mini does not have USB3 ports. That would be a good step to take overall as I'm comfortable with adding an internal SSD.

Re: Install Both VirtualBox and Win 10 on External SSD?

PostPosted: 24. Apr 2019, 16:46
by socratis
Good call @rpmurray! 8)

TM70s wrote:Mac mini 2010 ... 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
We're talking about the "Macmini4,1" with 4 USB 480 Mbit/s and 1 FireWire 800 Mbit/s port. If we're talking about USB2 transfer rates of 480 Mbit/s vs 5120 Mbit/s for USB3 or 3072 Mbit/s for native SATA, the VM _is_ going to be molasses slow.