I have set up a VM (web development server) on a USB drive, but consider moving it to a SD card. VM has currently around 25 GB; so with a 64 GB card I would probably be safe.
The price is pretty irrelevant, as long as I can justify it to the management.
I don´t want the VM to be stored on the host´s hardware.
And the USB hard drive has two drawbacks:
- It is an extra object in my bag and on the table (which might be in a cafe, train, waiting room); an SD card would be much more handy.
- When the host (a Surface Book) goes into standby, it cuts the power to the USB HD; when it wakes up, the VM won´t respond to anything but switching off or reboot.
The card will not only be for putting a few files on it and updating them every now and then, but for actually working on it. The Surface Book supports UHS-I, as far as I could find out.
- Should I chose a certain type of storage? (performance)
- Should I prefer a certain manufacturer? (reliability, durability)
- half size SD - I found Transcend´s JetDrive Lite, designed for MacBook Air/Pro.
- never found a working microSD to SD adapter; guess the contacts are wearing off fast when you plug/unplug the microSD? But I really like the looks of Bosvision´s microSD Adapter)
- usb stick (SanDisk Ultra Fit or something similar): probably 3rd choice, because the Surface has only two USB ports