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Active Partition Problems

by reinventyou-20752869572539915956799509582991 / June 28, 2006 3:08 PM PDT

Every time I try to move programs to other partitions in order to make more free space on my C drive they come right back accompanied by more files. Why?

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You can't just move them...
by John.Wilkinson / June 28, 2006 3:19 PM PDT

When you install software it is installed to a specific location on your computer, and in most cases you cannot simply cut and paste the files to another location...the programs will either stop working correctly or all together, or the files will be recreated. What you have to do is uninstall the software and then reinstall it from CD, this time specifying the location you want it installed to during installation. Most software nowadays will let you choose a custom option and change the installation directory.

Hope this helps,
John

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You can't just move them...
by reinventyou-20752869572539915956799509582991 / June 28, 2006 11:57 PM PDT

Mr. Wilkenson

Thanks for your reply. I tried that previously using Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs. There were still some programs that would automatically install in the C drive. Can this action be bypassed? An example of a related quirk is MS Antispyware.

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I'll write NO.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 29, 2006 12:23 AM PDT

Microsoft's software for years has annoyed those that don't want installs on C: Another fine example is to many megabytes dropped on C: by Microsoft Office in spite of carefully selecting all items and changing them to some other drive.

Nothing really broken here, but some want it elsewhere.

Bob

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I agree with Bob
by Themisive / June 29, 2006 12:50 AM PDT
In reply to: I'll write NO.

I have two drives, C and D, If I want to put a game on the drives, I want it in the Games folder on D, 90% of the time I get a default of C:\Program Files, this is where I keep my other programmes.

By the same token - touch wood - I have never had an installation put the games in the wrong place anyway.

Often on these, you are given a chance to change the location of the directory - look below the default command line and you should see a box with the drive letter C in it, click the down arrow at the side and D will be displayed (if you have more than two drives, obviously more than two drive letters will be displayed).

All that's needed now is to change the command line to the required one but keep the .exe part the same otherwise the computer will not be able to find the game or programme.

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Active Partition Problems
by reinventyou-20752869572539915956799509582991 / June 29, 2006 10:49 AM PDT
In reply to: I agree with Bob

Maybe all my free space is being taken up by all the error logs I am generating due to programs on other partitions - AVG, Avast, Kerio, Zone Alarm, HP and Epson drivers, etc.

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How to tell...
by John.Wilkinson / June 29, 2006 11:55 AM PDT

I'd suggest the free program TreeSize to map your hard drive and indicate which areas are taking up the most room. Just expand the folders as you go until you find the space-eater.

Hope this helps,
John

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Active Partition Problems
by reinventyou-20752869572539915956799509582991 / June 30, 2006 10:57 AM PDT
In reply to: How to tell...

Mr. Wilkinson

Thank you for the suggestion. The sum total of these problems almost tempt me to get a new system. I will make time to implement you suggestion in the near future. Thankfully I got another chance to spell your name correctly.

Louis

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(NT) (NT) No problem. :)
by John.Wilkinson / June 30, 2006 11:22 AM PDT
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Question About TreeSize
by reinventyou-20752869572539915956799509582991 / July 4, 2006 8:39 PM PDT
In reply to: (NT) No problem. :)

Mr. Wilkinson

I am starting to download now. Should I keep the program on my computer or uninstall it after it runs?

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Going Back to One Partition?
by reinventyou-20752869572539915956799509582991 / July 5, 2006 11:02 PM PDT
In reply to: (NT) No problem. :)

Mr. Wilkinson

I have considered the above since some applications are stubborn to go away and many of the files on the C drive are generated by applications on other partitions.

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TreeSize Results
by reinventyou-20752869572539915956799509582991 / July 5, 2006 1:21 AM PDT
In reply to: How to tell...

Mr. Wilkinson

After initial running I made the following observations: 1) My printer and scanner software have quirks since the icons fail; 2) Programs I thought were gone are back - MSN, Outlook Express and Windows Messenger; and 3) Image files on other partitions take up significant room on the C Drive. My total free 523 MB.

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Problem Fixed
by reinventyou-20752869572539915956799509582991 / July 14, 2006 10:31 AM PDT
In reply to: TreeSize Results

Mr. Wilkinson

Based on my TreeSize results, I decided to do away with partitions and clean install Windows XP. It is now like having a new retro 2001 notebook. Thanks.

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