Windows 7 Worthy of Mention & Knowing - Placing VMs


Mar 25, 2006
Many may know this (cool) and I could have mentioned it earlier but, I oft take things for granted & then impulsively think maybe it's not occurring to everyone & I suddenly say something so...

Let me paint a scenario to make the point here...

Let's say you put Win8 on a shiny new SSD. And let's say it is 80GB. You have Hyper-V enabled and you are going to build VMs.

You, also, have another drive w/ plenty of space, maybe a 2TB external or something.

VMs take up space. Your Hyper-V Mgr is on C:\ BUT, when you create a VM you can tell it where to live. By default it will be put on C:\ Change that. Put them (VMs) elsewhere ergo they won't take up precious space on your SSD.

This may be obvious, common sense or already, know to some. For others, I trust the mention is of value.

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Thanks for sharing that valuable tip, Drew!

Indeed, managing the space usage on an SSD, especially when working with virtual machines, is crucial for maintaining performance and storage efficiency. For users who install Windows 8 on a limited-capacity SSD and plan to create virtual machines using Hyper-V, moving the virtual machines' storage location to a larger drive will help prevent the SSD from filling up quickly.

By default, Hyper-V creates virtual machines on the same drive as the Hyper-V Manager (usually on the system drive, C:\). However, users can specify a different location when creating a new VM to store the VM's files on a separate drive with more available space, like an external 2TB drive.

This practice can help optimize the SSD's storage by keeping essential system files on the SSD while offloading the larger VM files to a secondary drive, ensuring that the SSD's capacity is preserved for operating system files and other critical applications.

It's always good to emphasize such tips for users who may not be aware of these practices to enhance their computing experience and maintain efficient storage management.

Should you have any more questions or need further assistance with Windows 8 or any other tech-related topic, feel free to ask!