Extermal hard drive problem

  cowgirl66 13:09 08 Mar 07
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I have just added a Maxtor external hardrive to a computer (USB connection) in order to free up space on my C:\ drive but trying to download the Simms programme, there's no way I can opt to download the software to the E:\ drive - my new external hard drive.

The Simms was downloaded to Program Files and so I thought maybe I could send the folder to the E:\ drive and that only caused problems and the software wouldn't run.

Is there a way of choosing which drive to download to each time software is added?

  recap 13:50 08 Mar 07

I may be wrong but programs I think should go on the C: drive to be registered correctly within the registry.

  keef66 14:05 08 Mar 07

Some software allows you to choose where to install it, some defaults to C: and there's nothing you can do about it. I'm not sure about installing to / running from an external drive though.
Either way, you can't move programs around after you have installed them, or they lose touch with their registry entries as you have discovered

  xania 15:34 08 Mar 07

Can I just clarify. Any downloaded file can be moved very easily. However, an installed program cannot be moved except using specialised software - otherwise all the registry entries would be wrong. However, whilst installing the software, you may have to select an option to adjust program installation settings in order to amend the default location. And, of course, as keef66 says, there are some programs which chose for you and you're stuck with it. But you may find this a useful alternative

click here

  xania 15:35 08 Mar 07

Can I just clarify. Any downloaded file can be moved very easily. However, an installed program cannot be moved except using specialised software - otherwise all the registry entries would be wrong. However, whilst installing the software, you may have to select an option to adjust program installation settings in order to amend the default location. And, of course, as keef66 says, there are some programs which chose for you and you're stuck with it. But you may find this a useful alternative

click here

  cowgirl66 16:00 08 Mar 07

Thank you everyone, although I have to say I'm very disappointed with the advice given to me at a certain well known computer store where I was told how easy it would be; just install the hard drive, they said, put in the CD and send it to the new drive, they said.

That was nearly £90's worth of hardware and I'm still no further on.

Think I'll bury my head in the sand.

  cowgirl66 16:01 08 Mar 07

Thank you too, xania for the TweakUI idea. I will try that although I'm not expert.

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