Like many people out on the internet and beyond I would like to add a 2nd drive to my notebook. The problem is many notebooks only allow for a single drive due to limited space. Fortunately if you have a CD/DVD drive you have an option. Depending on what your requirements are you may be able to replace your optical device with another HDD or SSD. In my case I want an SSD to help speed up my system, in this instance to reduce boot times, improve writes and access times while surfing to reduce stutter and other issues to make my system all around smoother. I also want to keep my mechanical HDD for storage to help reduce wear on the SSD and keep the larger storage capacity of the mechanical drive. I do many things on my notebook that write small amounts of data frequently. These small writes many times are what will quickly wear the SSD and cause it to fail much sooner than would be expected. The solution that I found is to remove the optical drive and replace it with an SSD. This is done by removing the optical drive and finding an appropriate adapter for your notebook. There are adapters for 9.5 and 12.7mm optical drive bays. These adapter basically hold the HDD or SSD, and fit in the optical drive bay. They can easily be found on Amazon.com, click here for a search om Amazon.
The first thing you need to do is decide if you are able to live without your optical drive. If you need the optical drive but do not need it to be portable then you may be able to procure an external CD/DVD option to fill your needs. In my case I am perfectly happy to remove the optical drive, anything I need can be burned to a USB drive for installation and use.
The second part if you decide to replace your optical drive is to figure out what size your optical bay is. I had to do some searching on the internet to find the drive bay for my notebook.
The plan is to put all of my OS's on the SSD, these will be Windows 10, Ubuntu 16.04 and Remix OS 2.0(Android X86 for desktop and notebook computers). The reason for putting the OS on the SSD drive is to speed up basic functions like booting the OS's, and improve overall performance. Its important to remember you want to limit the number of writes to your SSD to preserve the health of the drive. For this reason you want to put things like the pagefile(swap for Linux), hibernation file and data files on the mechanical drive.