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downloading direct to hard drive?

by batesy39 / March 15, 2008 1:12 AM PDT

is it possible to download directly to hard drive? There is stuff out there that is "bigger" than my computer has in it. Top tips? Much appreciated.

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by VAPCMD / March 15, 2008 1:27 AM PDT

more info need re "There is stuff out there that is "bigger" than my computer has in it." Without know anything about your PC...kind of difficult to respond intelligently.


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downloading direct to hard drive?
by batesy39 / March 15, 2008 5:24 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes....and

sorry. my dell inspiron has a maximum of 15gb of spare space in it, and some things to download are larger than space i have remaining. I wondered if I could go direct to my WD 500gb external hard drive.

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Yes, you can direct the download ...
by Edward ODaniel / March 15, 2008 6:42 AM PDT

to any writable mass storage device your computer recognizes as writable.

Exactly how you would browse to the location you want to download to would depend on what browser you are using of what FTP client (if downloading through FTP), but an option is normally available in the "Save as..." dialog box.

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I'm intrigued.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 15, 2008 7:27 AM PDT

You say your hard drive has 15GB of spare space left on it. I know some videos and some software programs are very large nowadays, but I can't recall ever seeing anything as big as 15GB

Most software you install or any videos you purchase and save to the hard drive surely are not going to exceed 1GB, or 2GB at the most. So I am unsure why you say the files you are downloading are larger than the free space you have.

Is there some confusion here?

Why not purchase an external drive and move some of your existing personal files such as videos, photos, music, etc, to that, and free up more space on your hard disk? Don't forget you need to back up thos important, cannot be lost files as well, because hard drives whether internal or external can fail.


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Quite possibility
by Willy / March 15, 2008 4:38 AM PDT

Yes, you can but your details are lacking of your system. Under your browser, check the options to make/direct the default download area. -OR- when prompted just before the download to "save to disk" or similar wording. I assume this is a browser issue, again details are lacking.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Re: downloading directly to hard drive.
by Kees Bakker / March 15, 2008 6:26 AM PDT

Yes and no, I'd say.

In Internet Explorer, the download first goes to Temporary Internet Files, then is copied to the folder you specify to download to. Normally, you don't see that so much, but download a 10 Gb file, and you certainly see the message that it's copying.
Even if the final destionation is an external disk, you should have at least the space needed by the file available on your c:-drive, because that's where TIF is located by default.

But in Tools>Internet Options>General you can change the location of TIF to another drive. Change it back after you did this download, otherwise you'll notice a general slowing of browsing.

Hope this helps.

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