Where should I install Steam?

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  1. WiiUBricker
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    I got myself a shiny new gaming laptop with 2 SSDs.

    1. 256 GB m.2 PCIex4 SSD, installed Windows on it
    2. 1TB SATA-III SSD

    I'm about to install Steam, but need advice about on which SSD I should install it. My Windows SSD is obviously faster than my SATA-III SSD, but doesn't have as much storage space. I thought I use my Windows SSD for all apps and my SATA-III for storage. Any thoughts?
     
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  3. Qtis

    Qtis Grey Knight Inquisitor

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    Some steam games (Dark Forces 2 to name one) don't work nicely if installed in another directory other than the Steam install directory. You still most likely see no benefit in installing the main Steam client on the Windows PCI SSD compared to the mass storage Sata3 drive.

    TL;DR. 1Tb
     
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  4. Nightwish

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    You're not forced to install the games in a single place, you can several game directories with steam - goto Steam menu, settings, downloads, steam library folders; when you install a new game, it will ask you for the library you want to use and you can change the default. If you want a particular game to be really fast, you can put it on your system drive. I don't like it Program Files since it's annoying to change/mod some games due to file protection.
    However, I don't think you'd notice a speed difference, to be honest.
     
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  5. Seriel

    Seriel Worshipper of Skiddos

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    Yeah I don't like to store my games in Program Files.
    With Steam library folders, you can choose each game to go on a different drive if you want.
     
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