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Can I transfer the programs on C drive to external drive G?

Jun 20, 2011 2:57PM PDT

My Vaio PC keeps reminding me that C drive is running out of space. I have already transferred all documents, pix, etc. to external drive G and have defragged, etc. but reminders keep popping up. Pie chart with available space on C drive shows a sliver of free space. My external G drive is huge. Can I place all programs on it?

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You cannot just move programs
Jun 20, 2011 4:51PM PDT

Windows uses something called a registry, that keeps track of programs. Moving programs by simply copying and pasting the files won't work because the registry won't know you've moved them. You can uninstall your programs from the C: drive and reinstall them to another drive, but I wouldn't recommend installing programs to an external drive.

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You cannot just move programs
Jun 21, 2011 11:48PM PDT

Your reply is helpful. At least now I know "something" about the function of the registry. I have done disc cleanup, compression, and even deleted a few programs I don't use. Perhaps next move should be to employ a computer tech to decide which additional programs I should delete. I fear doing this myself as I could uninstall something I don't realize is important. I'll also inquire how much it costs to upgrade my hard drive. Thank you.

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Re: external drives
Jun 20, 2011 6:12PM PDT

External drives are much slower than internal drives. So, while it's nice to use them as one of your backups and for transport of data, it's a bad idea to use them to install programs on.

Adding an internal drive is a much better idea.

Kees

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External drives
Jun 21, 2011 11:52PM PDT

Thank you, Kees. You have taught me something I didn't know about external drives, since I have been using the external drive as if it were the C drive instead of as a backup. I will inquire about adding an internal drive.

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(NT) C to d drive
Feb 10, 2016 6:56PM PST

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