I'm new to the PC sphere, and was wondering how to about this. My build consists of a 1TB SSD and a 1TB HDD, and Premiere is installed on the SSD. In terms of speed when editing, will there be a difference in placing my source files on my HDD (since it has barely anything in it)?
Also, I'd appreciate any tips for optimization with my HDD and SDD. Do I need to move my media cache, etc.
gotta disagree with Ann on this (doesn't happen very often). totally depends on 2 things, the properties of your source files (and sequence settings) and the speed of your hard drive. Assuming your hard drive is 7200 and you're dealing with 1080 files or smaller, you should be fine, assuming you're not doing some heavy effects work. If you're dealing with larger files with a heavily compressed mpeg format, you can use a proxy workflow. I work with most of my media on external drives both ssd's and physical hard drives without issues.
Since you've got the drive, why not try putting your media there and see how it performs?
If you are editing H.264/265 at 1920 x 1080 you can have the OS and Media Content all on the system drive/C: drive even if it is a mechanical hard drive. If you edit 8K Pro Res or 6K BRAW a single SATA SSD can handle one layer but might not playback multiple layers. A mechanical hard drive might not even play one layer of 8K Pro Res depending on the quality. An M.2 SSD is your best bet for R3D files, Pro Res and BRAW because they require a lot of throughput. Having said that some M.2 contollers are glitchy.