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So the one major thing I've never messed around with is partitioning or adding multiple hard drives. As I've gotten into SSDs I've found I'm limited on space more and more. I was wondering how easy it is to have all of my day to day stuff, on what I would call my "typical SSD", and then putting things likes games on my second (smaller) SSD?

This all comes from when I was thinking about partitioning my old HDD and thinking of putting programs on one and the rest on another, but then was scared when people were saying the documents folders and such would be put on another and I'd have to do weird things. So I gave that up. With that how much would having just say game programs on one and the rest of day to day stuff on my main? Will I have to install say windows on the second one as well or what, etc.

Thanks for the help in advance!
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but then was scared when people were saying the documents folders and such would be put on another and I'd have to do weird things.

just because u put in another hdd, it doesnt mean things automatically move to it. and there is nothing to be scared about....you should also have backups of data if you dont
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So the one major thing I've never messed around with is partitioning or adding multiple hard drives. As I've gotten into SSDs I've found I'm limited on space more and more. I was wondering how easy it is to have all of my day to day stuff, on what I would call my "typical SSD", and then putting things likes games on my second (smaller) SSD?

It would be just as easy as installing those things to the drive you want them on. All you have to do is make sure you select an installation option like "Custom", or "Advanced", or something like that. Then you'll be guaranteed to have the chance of changing the installation path for the program you're installing.

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This all comes from when I was thinking about partitioning my old HDD and thinking of putting programs on one and the rest on another, but then was scared when people were saying the documents folders and such would be put on another and I'd have to do weird things. So I gave that up.

It's as simple as this:
  1. Create new folders for the folders you want to move that are in C:\Users\You. Or, find existing folders that you want to use.
  2. Go into C:\Users\You
  3. Right-click one of the folders
  4. Choose Properties
  5. Switch to the Location tab
  6. The rest should be self-explanatory, but we'll be here if you need help

In the meantime, don't select just a drive letter. You have to select a folder, otherwise the root of the drive that you select will become the new default location, and you don't want that! So, make sure you're always choosing actual folders for the new default locations.

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With that how much would having just say game programs on one and the rest of day to day stuff on my main? Will I have to install say windows on the second one as well or what, etc.

Thanks for the help in advance!

No. If you install Windows on the second drive, then you will have two separate installations of Windows that are completely independent of each other. It would be kind of like having two separate computers, and so this wouldn't be a solution for that.

Anyway, how much space it all consumes depends entirely on what you install. No one can predict how much space it will all consume. We might be able to tell you if you tell us everything you're going to install.
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