You're right, that the SSD is most likely where the OS will be installed. If this is an OEM PC with the OS pre-installed then there will be other applications installed on the SSD by the maker as well. That is what normally happens.
But where do you install your own software? That really depends.
The SSD is 120GB so that will be plenty to install as many programs/applications you wish. I can't imagine that you would ever run out of space with that sized SSD.
Some applications will give you no choice where they install. For example from memory Adobe insists on installing on the root drive, (where the OS is). Others will give you the option where to install during the install process and you can then choose to install on the 1TB drive if you wish. Nearly always though, such installations will still place files on the OS drive, in the Windows\System32 folder, or in the Users folders.
Your 1TB drive is a great place to store your own personal files, eg documents, photos, music, videos. Just remember that this is not a backup, so you will need to backup all your personal files yourself in case the drive fails or the files get deleted from or corrupted on that drive in any way.
I'm a newbie with SSD and I'm just
trying to understand, in very general terms, how this setup will
I getting a new PC that will have both
a 120gb SSD and a 1tb HDD. Here's what I'm trying to figure out - I
assume the OS will be loaded onto the SSD, that's fine. My question
is, where do I load my applications, like Photoshop, Excel, etc? Do
the applications themselves go on the SSD, and just my "stuff"
photos, music, etc go on the HDD?
I tried to search for other treads on
this type of basic setup, but I'm still not sure how it works.
Thanks for any info!