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Installing Programs Outside The Program Files Folder


307camel

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Hi everyone,

I am partitioning a drive but am a bit concerned that I will be making the drive for windows/programes too small.

If this is the case and I install programs outside the "Program Files" Folder, will this cause issues?

Will these programs appear as normal, when you press the start button. Or will this not happen.?

Many thansk

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rdave13

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I have a small OS drive (64GB) and install my programs on another larger drive. Before installing a program I create a folder on the data drive prior to installing. So, say I installed DVD Flick, I'll create a folder on the D drive called Flick, or whatever, then when installing you get the option where to install. Click on the browse button and select the folder that you created (Flick in this case) and it will install there. You will have it in your all programs list and a desktop icon if you select it on installing as normal.

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Diemmess

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Most core programs on installation reach a stage where you are offered a drive (default is C:) to install. If you change the drive letter on that screen the program will be installed in the alternative drive you specified.

A very few may not give you an option.

If you have the possibility of moving the partition to be a shade more generous with drive C: that might serve you better, particularly in backup where all the serious programs and OS can be kept together for Acronis type backups.

Data of course can be kept off drive C: in a folder of your making on any drive other than C: ........ This is well worth doing anyway IMO.

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KRONOS the First

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I had a 60GB SSD, (since moved to a 128GB M4),I had my OS and all programs, (around 70), installed on the drive and still had around 14-16GB of free space. I moved all the My Folders to my larger secondary drive and of course installed Steam and games to the same drive. Like rdave13 I too created a folder for each game etc on the secondary drive before installing to that folder. With Steam this means that if I should reinstall Windows on the SSD then all it takes is a repair install of Steam for me to have access to my games again, which at 300GB is a major time saver.

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307camel

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Thanks guys.

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