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December 18, 2010 at 15:36:04
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Celeron 1.30 GHz 512 MB ram

Drive C is 22.9 gig and loaded too the max, Recently installed Drive F has virtually nothing on it. How do I move a bunch of programs or whatever to Drive F to free up drive C Drive F is 180 GB Thanks for your kindness in helping an old man who is not a complete computer idiot. but close enough to qualify.

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December 18, 2010 at 15:55:01

When most programs install, they insert settings in the registry on where they can be "found". It would likely be more successful to uninstall them from "C:" and reinstall them on "F:", since just "moving" them will likely cause many conflicts. The exception to that would be if they're "portable" (such as most everything from which---since they're meant to be exected from removable media---wouldn't cause any issues if they were moved.

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December 18, 2010 at 15:56:21
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Moving your own files is easy enough - just cut and paste.

Moving programs is not really on, unless there are very simple stand-alone types. The latter are very rare these days. For most programs a problem arises because the registry (on the C drive) holds all the information about file locations so that will still assume they are on the original drive. There can sometimes be the odd necessary file in Windows too.

Programs should always be properly uninstalled (not deleted). You can then see if they will accept being installed on the F drive. This requires you to have either a download or a copy of the program on a CD. That way the new locations will be picked up by the registry.

Another way is to format the large drive (currently F) then use a cloning program to ghost the complete C drive contents onto it. You can then swap the drives and switch the master & slave jumpers. Once you have checked that the system boots and runs normally, reformat the smaller drive (now F) and use that as a backup for important folders and files.

I was typing this while response #1 came in, so sorry about any duplication.

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December 19, 2010 at 07:43:27

I do not disagree with the other replies. I just want to add:

• You can move the My Documents folder to a new permanent location on the F drive.
• You may also be able to move all email "boxes" to the F drive as well.
• Another suggestion: reduce the default size for System Restore, if using.

That would start giving you some breathing space...

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December 19, 2010 at 10:03:46

Hope I'm in the right place with my reply...really have no experience with this forum business. Thanks to T-R-A, Derek, IMpatient. Kind of you to take the trouble. Rolledd out the Revo Uninstaller and got busy with the C drive. Will reinstall programs on F drive.Tried to right click docs and settings and move to F but that didn't gain much. Just don't have a lot of docs.

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December 19, 2010 at 15:06:01

You are in the right place.

I hope you get away with moving the whole of Documents and Settings. This contains all sorts of hidden folders and files, including your profile information, so I would have avoided it. Moving just your own stuff from My Documents is fine, as is the complete My Documents folder if it is done like this:
The advantage with the above is that in future anything that normally saves to "My Documents" will automatically save to the new location.

D&S itself could be a different ball game. The golden rule here is that you can move around anything of your own that you wish. Tread carefully about moving anything that was put there by "the system". Get advice if necessary - Google might help. Some things might move, many could mess up badly or require registry changes as well.

Just found this, which seems to justify my concerns:

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December 19, 2010 at 18:00:17

Thanks again Derek. Kind of you to go you to go to the trouble. You are right. Trying to move D andd S was not my most brilliant move. I see your point about the ubiquitous system. Little harm done since I didn't have much there. oing the Uninstall/Reinstal is the way to go. I am one of these dorks who has to download every program I read about. There was plenty of bloat to which I readily bid farewell. Thanks again for your guidance.

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December 19, 2010 at 18:19:43

There could still be some side issues about moving D&S because various programs will want to put folders and files there at times. They might not know where to find it. If you show hidden files and folders you will see quite a bit there - mainly small. Hope it all works out for you.

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December 19, 2010 at 18:35:30

Derek - Just to be clear, I did not suggest moving the Documents and Settings folder. The OP seems to have mis-interpreted it that way. I only mentioned the "My Documents" folder -- totally and utterly two different things.

Drafoo - with a 22.9 gig C Drive, and 512 MB Ram, I am surprised you could even entertain the idea of being "one of these dorks who has to download every program I read about" (but it is so tempting when you have curiosity, isn't it?)...

If you can manage it at all, consider Derek's suggestion regarding switching the 2 drives around, in spite of old man who is not a complete computer idiot. (I'm not real lucky at gambling, but am willing to place a bet I am older, so there! It's all good).

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December 19, 2010 at 18:42:17


Just to clarify, I didn't think for a minute that you suggested moving D&S.
It was just my reaction to finding the the poster had done so.

Err, I think that I too am well towards the front of the queue for the
"who's oldest" stakes (4a in Hex). Hope there's prize LOL.

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