The wisdom of this community is amazing; which is probably why I came here to ask this question first...
This coming weekend (27 April) I will finally be converting my systems over to Linux (mint as a daily driver and then experimenting with distros and desktops from there). So I'm finally leaving the MS world; my home since 1985.
I do still have and use some apps which don't play nice on linux or even with Wine, so I'll be using virtual machines just for those programs. My working OS will be on an SSD. Most data like docs will be on mechanical.
a) In your experience, does the (non-running) VM file take up the same amount of storage space as it would if were it sitting in a standalone partition, rather than in a VM?
b) Does the (running) VM take up the same amount of drive space as it would if were it running in a standalone partition, rather than in a VM?
c) Other than load time, will a running VM have a performance boost if it is stored on an SSD vs HDD?
Any recs on a hardware emulation application? I've got some older tbi files that I've been saving just for this - the computer I had died and I can't reinstall the software because the company went out of business (without releasing an unlock key to bypass the licensing servers
). This would let me get *my* data out of a now locked system...Lesson learned - I will never again buy or use any software requiring a hardware dongle or internet verification.
I'm sure I forgot something. So any other advice would be appreciated. Thanks for the help.