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Moving installations from my boot disc to my slave disc

by Expatgranny / September 16, 2009 8:33 PM PDT

I need to create space on my boot disc, and want to move some installations to the slave disc. I read one thread which suggests it is better to delete the installation from the boot and reinstal it on the slave. If I do that with my Kodak EasyShare, will I lose all my photos? What do you advise me to do?

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Re: reinstall program
by Kees Bakker / September 16, 2009 8:38 PM PDT

No, most likely you won't lose your photo's. Unless, maybe, they are stored in your Program Files folder (you didn't tell, so I don't know).

But it won't harm to make a backup copy beforehand!

Generally speaking, Program Files doesn't occupy so much space. Well, some programs (games, OpenOffice, Java) are 100+ Mb, but for most of us, it still is a relatively small part of the disc.

So, for most of us it makes more sense to move My Documents than parts of Program Files to the other drive. And it's easier also.

But, your case might be an exception to this general rule. You're the only one who knows.

Did you already use ccleaner (free download) for a good cleanup of your boot disc?


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One problem . . .
by Coryphaeus / September 16, 2009 10:27 PM PDT

You cannot just "move" a program. Thank you Windows. You must uninstall and reinstall. In this install process you must be able to designate the destination drive. Some programs, in fact most, give you no choice but the boot or C: drive. In this case you're stuck with the C: drive. But as mentioned above, programs do not take up that much space compared to all our "stuff". Pictures, music, videos, etc. can be real hogs for space.

Consider moving your "stuff" to the other drive instead of programs.

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Clearing space on boot disc
by Expatgranny / September 18, 2009 12:22 AM PDT
In reply to: One problem . . .

Thank you,Kees and Coryphaeus, for your answers to my question. If I want to move some of my "stuff" to my slave disc, can I move the whole "My Documents" file, and if so, how do I do it?

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You can't move the My Documents folder . . .
by Coryphaeus / September 18, 2009 12:31 AM PDT

It's locked to Explorer and your account. But you can move sub-folders of pictures, music, etc. Well, you can but you'll be jumping through hoops to assign the new destination so Windows knows where it is.

Just move the "stuff" and their folders. Create a new folder on the slave drive called My Documents, and put the moved "stuff" in the same places.

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You surely can move the My Documents folder.
by Kees Bakker / September 18, 2009 12:38 AM PDT
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My Documents
by Expatgranny / September 18, 2009 2:07 AM PDT

Thanks, Kees, I have successfully put the My Documents folder on to my slave disc. But of course, the shortcut in the Start Menu doesn't work any more, and I have to go to My Computer and on the the slave disc to access the folders. A small price to pay for having more space on my boot disc!

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It should work.
by Kees Bakker / September 18, 2009 2:33 AM PDT
In reply to: My Documents

But if it doesn't, even after a reboot, make a shortcut to it and put it in the Quick Launch Area (next to the Start button) in XP.


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