I'm new to Linux.
About 18 months ago I decided to run Unbuntu as a virtual machine on my Dell Inspiron using VMware. Something happened where the Virtual Machine replicated it self several times (at least that's what appears ed have happened) and chewed through most of the spare space on the SSD drive. I didn't have time to figure out what happened and I uninstalled VMware to free up memory space.
A few days ago I decided to try a virtual machine again. Last night a similar thing happened and the virtual machine hogged up about 130 Gbytes of memory. There was 4 or 5 very large Virtual Machine files in the Unbuntu folder
What's likely to cause this?
I'd like to not go to dual boot but is this a better option?
Is running Linux from a USB stick a good way to go?
Running a VM is my preferred option but the memory issues I've described have made this a non starter so far. Any ideas on how to fix this? Is Virtual Box a better option?
Thanks for your help.