Install software from hard drive, program asks for next disk

Can I do this; load a program from hard drive with multiple disks that are all now stored on hard drive?

I think I made a huge mistake by copying all my software disks onto 2nd hard drive. Sad ...... I thought i was making life easier and clutter-free.

I try to load program onto brand new drive running Windows 7, and after the first disk of four disks loads, it then asks for the 2nd disk. (its on the hard drive and wont recognize this). For some reason the 2nd and 3rd disk are now bigger than a dvd disk and I cant burn dvds to a disk. What did I do?????


I really appreciate any help, thank you. Am I cooked?

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Clarification Request

So you still have the original disk? Or did you MOVE (that is, destroying the original)? That wouldn't be smart.


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Feeling like a dope.

I have copied software disks to hard drive before, but I am realizing they were all single disk programs. DOH'

I shredded the disks 10 months ago just to get rid of the piles of crap all over the place. I know I know!

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(NT) But at least my office is really neat and clean!
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Clarification Request
Tell us what program and version

With some you can do this and some you cannot....or at least without a lot of finagling. It can depend on the program. Some will look for subsequent disks by the volume name or some via other methods. Part of this may be done to foil pirating attempts as well. You're right that this was a mistake and my guess is you're going to need the originals.

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will companies send copies?

its been over two years since I bought them. I don't even remember what store it was, I think one of the programs was purchased from Newegg.

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If you registered, they MIGHT send copies.

Not the shop, but the maker where you registered.

Maybe better try what happens if:
a. You copy the Program Files folder from your old PC to your new one.
b. Export the registry keys belonging to this game on your old PC and import into new one.
You might be lucky.


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Maybe you can look at the volume title of each diskette and see if that's it.

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