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  1. crossing75

    crossing75 Thread Starter

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    I am running WinXP 512mb. I have a 40gb C drive and a 120 gb D drive. That is the way my Dell came to me.
    I have been told that when I install Software that I should put the Software on the C drive, and the files from the software on the D drive?
    Has anyone heard of this? If so, how would I do this?
     
  2. Elvandil

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    You could simply create a Program Files folder on your D: drive. When installers ask you where to install a program, choose that folder instead of the default one on C:. That way, a great deal of space will be saved on C:.
     
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    Thank you for your answer. What I am trying to do is get more free space on my C drive.
    So If I install it on the D drive, won't everything go to the D as in...the software and files?
    I hope this makes sense to you, because I have no clue!
     
  4. Elvandil

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    Installations typically involve more than files being placed in the Program Files folder. There are often other files placed in Application Data folders, Windows folders, and many other possibilities.

    Installing a program to the D: drive will place the majority of the program's files (in the vast majority of cases) on the D: drive, but there will still be some files placed on C:. This is pretty much unavoidable since that is how the OS is set up.

    But simply by installing to D:, you will spare space on C: and insure that it fills much more slowly.

    Keep in mind that this is a somewhat permanent arrangement. You can't suddenly decide to remove the D: drive and put it in another machine without losing all the programs installed to it.
     
  5. Elvandil

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    PS. One quick way to make space is to move the My Documents folder and all its contents to a different drive. Depending on your OS and service pack level, right-clicking the folder on your desktop, Properties, will give you a button or a path box to specify where you want the My Documents folder to be located. You need to follow this route rather than just moving it so that the system registry correctly registers the location of the folder.

    Other things that can easily be moved to another drive include the temporary internet files folder and the page file.
     
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    Thank you for all your help! I will get right on it.
     
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