Question New 1TB SSD for Windows 10: One big drive or partition?

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I have a two-years old Dell XPS 8930. It came with a 2TB hard drive, on which Windows 10 was installed, and to which I added 1.5TB and 1TB hard drives taken from its predecessor. Also connected to my home network is a 4TB WD MyCloud.

I'm running Windows 10 version 1909, and have 16GB of RAM. My main uses are office programs, such as Word and Outlook; the web; and photo editing, principally with DxO Photolab 3, occasionally supplemented by Affinity Photo and a few other programs.

I'm getting a 1TB WD SN550 SSD to use as my boot drive. I then intend to use the three hard drives for storage. My questions are: Why might I want, or not want, to format the SSD as a single drive? If I use only part of the SSD for Windows 10, how much, and why?

TIA
 
I have a two-years old Dell XPS 8930. It came with a 2TB hard drive, on which Windows 10 was installed, and to which I added 1.5TB and 1TB hard drives taken from its predecessor. Also connected to my home network is a 4TB WD MyCloud.

I'm running Windows 10 version 1909, and have 16GB of RAM. My main uses are office programs, such as Word and Outlook; the web; and photo editing, principally with DxO Photolab 3, occasionally supplemented by Affinity Photo and a few other programs.

I'm getting a 1TB WD SN550 SSD to use as my boot drive. I then intend to use the three hard drives for storage. My questions are: Why might I want, or not want, to format the SSD as a single drive? If I use only part of the SSD for Windows 10, how much, and why?

TIA
Here are some reasons why people use more than one partition.
https://www.digitalcitizen.life/4-reasons-why-you-should-use-more-one-partition-your-pc
Personally I always partition my main drive as one partition because it works for me.
 
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