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  1. jdemnyan1116

    jdemnyan1116 Thread Starter

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    My daughter sent a computer for my grandson to have, it has 3 drives on it, C D and E. D is the backup drive, and E is a installed drive. Everything is going into the C drive which is going to run out of space soon while the E drive has 43 gigs on it. How do you make the computer put everything that I install on the E drive. Everything so far is going to the C drive. I am using Windows XP on a laptop. There was no indication when I installed a few things as to what drive I want it sent to. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. Lozzy-loz

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    Most programs by default are installed to "c" drive.It depends what you use your computer for, all vidoes music etc can quite easily moved to the "e" drive freeing up space on the "c" drive.Once a program has been installed on the"C" drive its unwise to move the installation files they usually don't work short cuts point to the wrong place etc.Newly installed programs can go to the "e" drive during the setup process.You usually achieve this with a custom install.A better way to proceed would be to use partition software to merge the "e " partition with the "c" making one larger "c" drive.You have a laptop it is unlikely to have more than one physical drive so the "e" is just a partition.http://download.cnet.com/EaseUS-Partition-Master-Home-Edition/3000-2248_4-10863346.html
     
  3. Elvandil

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    It really doesn't matter where you install your programs since every installation will put files on the system drive even if they are installed somewhere else. Some programs put almost all of their files in other places and not in Program Files. So you need a bigger drive.

    You can create a Program Fles folder on another drive and choose that as the location when you install programs. Most will let you choose a location. But you will still lose space on your C: drive every time you install something.

    You can move your Documents to another drive. Just right-click and change the location under the Location tab. That will also make the changes in the registry so that the system will know it moved and treat it normally.

    If you did not get recovery disks and have a recovery partition, any changes you make to the partitions will destroy your ability to access recovery.
     
  4. jdemnyan1116

    jdemnyan1116 Thread Starter

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    It has only one drive,I goofed up. It is partitioned into 3 drives, C D and E. E is the biggest drive with 42 gigs. I can copy from my flash drives go to the E drive and paste the required item but as far as programs downloading goes, they all go to the C drive. I would like to install my printing software and photo software to the E drive. Any way possible. Did the install on C, cut and paste to E. Did not work, and to copy would only make a copy, if I deleted it on the C drive after copying it to E, it probably would not work also. Don't know for sure. Anyway to either sent the programs to the E drive ( do not get no promps or nothing during installation) or to take the gigs out of E and back into C. Can you change the file path so everything goes into E drive since everything needed for the computer is already installed and anything afterwords would be programs, videos etc.
     
  5. Elvandil

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    You can install it to another drive, but files will still go on your C: drive. You will need a bigger drive or need to uninstall something else unless you have recovery disks and can change the size of the partitions. If you don't have disks, any change will cause you to lose access to recovery.
     
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