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I'm getting a new laptop with two SSD's:

  • 500 GB for OS (Win10) and software (games, antivirus, image/video editing software)
  • 1TB for (lots) of personal data, like music, pics, videos

Should I make two partitions on the 500GB SSD, one just for the OS, and the other for the rest of the software ? Or should I just install everything in one partition ?

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    A user would be hard-pressed to exceed the need for a Windows partition over 300GB (307,200MB), provided they move the user data directories to a separate partition, a practice all should adhere to since it makes restoring Windows far easier and more convenient on an end user. To do so, right-click on each user data directory (%UserProfile%\Documents, %UserProfile%\Downloads, etc) > Properties. Select the Location tab, fill in the new path for the directory (i.e. D:\<username>\Documents), then click Move
    – JW0914
    Commented Oct 22, 2019 at 13:10
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    As to the partition structure of the 500GB SSD, it will have a minimum of 4 partitions for UEFI (WinRE, ESP, MSR, OS). Keep in mind the last partition on any SSD should have 10% of the SSD's total size reserved for O[ver]P[rovisioning] (~47GB, i.e. 47GB [on a 500GB drive] + the size you want for data).
    – JW0914
    Commented Oct 22, 2019 at 13:17
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    As @JW0914 suggests, you can also move other data folders, such My Pictures and My Videos easily. Keep Program Files and Program Files (x86) and Windows system files on the C: drive. Commented Oct 22, 2019 at 13:51

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Established programming practices of Windows app publishers could make dividing the OS and Program Files between drive letters (and their partitions) a moot point, if not counter productive. I've seen many apps not work reliably if installed to a drive other than %SYSTEMDRIVE% .

Instead, put not only Users and their data on the second physical drive, but other Windows files as well. The swap file, page file, %TEMP% and %TMP%, all can live on that second drive, which distributes drive processing load across the drives for a (minor) performance boost. However, if you use hibernation, don't try to move the hibernation file out of %SYSTEMDRIVE% .

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    I totally agree with @K7AAY. Splitting the partition will just (possibly) make a pain in the butt for you later on. One other thing.. you can move folders from drive to drive and junction them back to the original location Commented Oct 29, 2019 at 17:53

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