Computer Help forum

General discussion

Drives C & D

I have two drives C & D My C drive is filling up. I know how to drag & drop programs from C to D but it doesn't seem to make a difference on C drive. If I delete the program from C drive (still shows up) will it afffect it D drive? For instance, my Quick Books was originally set up on C drive but I dragged it to D drive. Can I now delete these files on C drive? Windows XP Home Version 2002 Sevice Pack 2 Sony CPU 2.60 504 RAM Pentium 4

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Drives C & D
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Drives C & D
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
No

In reply to: Drives C & D

It's a small wonder the program is still working after what you did. You don't have a Mac, nor are you running Linux/*nix, so you can't just go moving programs around like that. Many, if not most, will break in the process.

What you want to do, is uninstall the program you wish to move, then reinstall it on the other drive. All your personal setting should still be there, since they're stored apart from the program. This is the only sure method there is that every program will work when you're done.

Collapse -
Can't normally drag from one drive to another

In reply to: Drives C & D

You can't normally drag files from one drive to another and expect the files to be removed from the first drive. By default, to drag from one location to another, where the 2nd location is another drive, the result will just copy files. If the 2nd location is the same drive then the default result will be the files will move.

You can override those default actions. Ask and someone will tell you how.

As for thinking you can just move programs from one drive to another and expect the program to still work properly - that probably will not work. It may, if the program is designed to be able to do that, but most involved programs have a set of entries in the registry, and relocating files (either from drive to drive, or even to just another directory structure on the same drive) will not update those registry entries. Most times you will need to re-install the program to make the corrected registry entries.

Popular Forums

icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

SMART HOME

This one tip will help you sleep better tonight

A few seconds are all you need to get a better night's rest.