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Hi all,

Doing a new build with my first ever SSD (Intel G2 160GB). I plan to put W7 and the games I play alot / long-term on it.

Also, I may be able to score a deal on a second SSD (Intel G2 80GB), which I would use for a secondary drive (but not any RAID or such.)

I have a couple of noob-ish questions about them, so I'm posting on some of my favorite hardware sites for help.

1) Is it a poor idea to install alot of programs to run from this second drive? I'm thinking about stuff like games I play briefly then uninstall, minor programs I might run occasionally ( RealTemp,etc) and things like that. Are there any types of programs that I should NOT run from this secondary drive? (That actually NEED to be installed on the main / OS drive ?)

2) I realize that W7 will basically take care of what it needs to do in preparing the SSD (partitioning,etc) for the OS install. But, what happens when adding a second SSD afterwards ? Will W7 still do everything automatically in preparing the non-OS drive ?

Sorry if this is really basic stuff, but I've never run W7, SSD's or multiple drives before, and my Google-fu is failing me tonite.

Thanks for any advice !
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As far as I know the only reason not to install something on a SSD is if you're concerned about space.

If you play a lot of games and want them to benefit from the speed of the SSD but don't want to continually install then uninstall them, you can use something called Steam Mover. You can install games/programs on a HD, then use SM to temporarily move them to the SSD.

Not sure about setting up a 2nd SSD though.
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1) don't defragment your SSD
2) windows 7 takes care of most important things

I'd rather use 80 for system and 120 for storage
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Thanks for the replies. Just to clarify, I won't have any HDD in the system, I don't use/need a huge storage drive, so just the 2 SSD's.

The reason I plan with the the bigger (160GB) drive for the OS & "main" games, is I thought (might be wrong) that generally the larger drives were abit quicker.

I think it's a do-able plan, I just can't find anywhere with info about adding (preparing,installing,etc) the second SSD once the OS is loaded on the first one.
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