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  1. xangord

    xangord Thread Starter

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    Hi everyone,
    Can anyone advise me how to install programs on a different disk to the one I have my o.s.intalled on?
    My windows 7 os is installed on my ssd which I want to use for microsoft/windows programs,services and apps only. I also have 2 500gb hard disks one of which I use for backups and want to use the other one for games and programs other than windows/microsoft.Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate , 64 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 930 @ 2.80GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 26 Stepping 5
    Processor Count: 8
    RAM: 6142 Mb
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250, 1024 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 60954 MB, Free - 35399 MB; E: Total - 476938 MB, Free - 476834 MB; F: Total - 476938 MB, Free - 476834 MB;
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., X58A-UD3R, x.x,
    Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled
     
  2. fairnooks

    fairnooks Banned

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    Just create a folder on one of the disks, name it Program Files 2 or something appropriate and then each and every time you install something to that folder you have to change the default install path to Program Files 2. This also applies to any updates that will be looking for the program to be updated in the default Program Files.
    That's all you have to do, the process of installing will register correctly with Windows and it will know where to go to start any program that is installed there.
     
  3. 1002richards

    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

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    You could also look at using Portable Applications, as explained here: http://www.portablefreeware.com/all.php
    Quote: "In recent years, the term "portable" has quickly come to be associated with apps that you run off a USB memory stick. However, to me, "portable" has always meant that I could easily move apps from one machine to another without too much incovenience. In fact, in the earlier days, I had my portable apps in a separate partition on the harddisk so that when I reinstall or upgrade Windows, I didn't have to reinstall/reconfigure my favorite apps. So in my mind at that time, portablity didn't involve a removable storage device at all."
     
  4. xangord

    xangord Thread Starter

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    Thanks fairnooks and 1002 richards I have closed the thread
     
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    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

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    You're welcome!
     
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