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Ok so I am new to SSDs and have a few questions.
Just a heads up I had trouble getting the question I wanted to ask into words clearly so I hope my questions make sense. If they dont I will reword it. Thanks in advance

Background info:
I did a clean install to my SSD. Installed all my most used apps and am now onto games. Instead of formatting my old HDD as a storage only drive I left it as a bootable windows drive and just store and access the data as is. There was no need to reformat it. I also have learned that I can still run steam from that old hard drive (steam is not installed on my ssd).

Question:
1) I would like to know If I can just use steam mover and move the games I play the most to the SSD while still running steam itself off of the HDD? If so will I get the benefit of the speed of the SSD doing it this way?

2) or is it better to install steam itself to the ssd and reinstall all my games to the SSD and then use steam mover to move my less used games to the HDD?
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I see what you mean but you can't do that.

There's no real need to install games on an SSD unless it's a pretty big one. You will only gain load time and that's it.

Keep your HDD for your media, and games, while the SSD for all your programs and boot.
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You could try to use steam mover but it will only make your games load faster. If you play some games like the witcher 2 where it loads in game, you will see a lot less stuttering during game play. I personally think you should put your windows on your ssd.
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You could try to use steam mover but it will only make your games load faster. If you play some games like the witcher 2 where it loads in game, you will see a lot less stuttering during game play. I personally think you should put your windows on your ssd.
I do have windows installed on my ssd. I use my ssd as my main boot drive for all my daily stuff while my old hdd still has my old windows install on it and I just store all my newly dled stuff (songs, movies, etc) on the hdd in the old users/music or whatever folder.

But just to be clear I boot to my ssd and have all my daily apps installed on it plus my most favorite and used game I play every day is installed on it.
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I put black ops on my ssd and didn't really notice a difference. Some games like Starcraft it may help.
Weird how you have it set up though. I would reformat that other drive sounds like your bound to have issues. But each is own pretty cool the games still run.
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I put steam on my ssd and then moved the older/less played titles onto my hdd. It works out pretty well, most games I don't notice it, but then again, trolling your friends about waiting for them to load is a ton of fun. Certain ones like Civ 5 seem to actually feel the difference, so I keep them on the ssd permanently.

Honestly, the difference in the way you set it up isn't very significant though. Steam still takes a while to connect and open up no matter what. If you are concerned about limiting writes to the ssd then I would suggest putting steam on hdd and moving games back to ssd.
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I put steam on my ssd and then moved the older/less played titles onto my hdd. It works out pretty well, most games I don't notice it, but then again, trolling your friends about waiting for them to load is a ton of fun.
A friend of mine has his games on a Sandforce SSD, he loads into COD4 maps about 0.75/1 second faster than I do with my Caviar Black.
    
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Install Windows and your apps on the SSD. Download the Steam installer and choose your HDD. Next time you format, just reinstall Steam, it will see the games on the HDD. I've been doing it like this for over a year.

After a format, just tell Steam to install the game, it will check and see it there and just verify the game cache. Then play as normal.
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After much trial and error, I finally resolved to just using the SSD for background/boot programs and my Windows install. That is the only place the performance is really gained.

You do get incredible load times from games on the SSD, but that is such a small portion of play altogether that I eventually just nixed the idea and moved them all to the HDD with no ill effect except having actual load times vs almost none.

Gameplay was not affected at all among any of my games. Witcher 2, Dead Space 2, WoW, heavily modded copy of Oblivion, Crysis 2, Bulletstorm, Dragon Age 2, Portal 2, and Fallout New Vegas have all been tried on my SSD with no benefit except a shorter load time whenever loading occurs.

If I ever ran across a game that had me doing a ton of loading and saving all the time that got really annoying and time consuming because of certain game habits (like Gran Turismo on my PS3 does) I might consider putting it on the SSD.
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Question:
1) I would like to know If I can just use steam mover and move the games I play the most to the SSD while still running steam itself off of the HDD? If so will I get the benefit of the speed of the SSD doing it this way?

2) or is it better to install steam itself to the ssd and reinstall all my games to the SSD and then use steam mover to move my less used games to the HDD?
I would install Steam to the HDD, then use SteamMover to move games to the SSD.

So option "1"
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