programs not work after install another hdd

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July 20, 2011 at 03:35:33
Specs: Windows XP SP2, Pentium 4 1.60 GHz/1.50 GB
First I began running out of hard drive space (c: drive). I installed a used drive from spare computer which had less than 10GB space, and used both. Then my original HDD (now d: drive) started failing until one day i wasnt able to access my computer at all. Anyway, with help of a few awesome software utility programs I was able to copy all data from the failing drive onto my external USB drive (260GB total space) by partitioning the USB Drive where the original c: drive became d: drive (above) and now was assigned as e: drive (a partition of USB External Hard Drive and an exact clone of the original c: drive). Ok, following me? I removed the failing drive and replaced it with another used spare HDD I had. It never occurred to me that i would be unable to run some of my software programs that were still installed on the e: drive even though It was an exact copy of my original c: drive (MS Office Suite is the main concern because my ex has the install CD and we no longer speak and when i try to run anything within Office i get the error msg about wrong configuration and i need to reinstall the program in order for it to work.) Now, I'm thinking this has something mostly to do with the "Documents and Settings" folder on the Root Drive, and user names/accounts etc installed on the Root Drive itself. Please tell me there is another way around this other than having to reinstall the program. This is a huge loss to me, as I am unable to open personal documents that are of great importance (some of which are critical) because the version I need and have been using for couple years is newer than the version installed on the used Hard Drive most recently added. There's a few more programs I would like to be able to run from the e: drive but my Office Suite is MOST important of all.

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July 20, 2011 at 04:39:12
If you have space you can install Open Office (free). It is able to open most of the MS Office documents.

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July 20, 2011 at 04:46:42
Best option is to copy the original contents of C: back to the current C: drive (clone it back). That is where the registry is configured to find it.
Another option is to install
It will open your documents and you can install it to E:

Remember, a drive will eventually crash. Not a question of if, but when. Keep good backups!

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July 20, 2011 at 08:14:23
Except for the so called portable applications, and a few exceptions, moving an application to a different drive letter will render it inoperative. In the case of large and complex applications like the MS Office suite that is virtually a certainty. There really isn't a practical way to make this work.

Copy the application back to it's original location or replace it with Open Office.

Hard drive failure or data loss isn't a matter of if but when. You must be prepared for this when it happens. If you don't have the means to reinstall the OS or applications you must have an image backup of everything.

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