How to safely remove old pgrms on second driv

August 28, 2009 at 09:54:55
Specs: Windows XP Pro, P 4 3.20 Ghz 1GB Ram
Hi,
I installed a new hard drive and operating system in my computer. It is the C drive. I also have an old D drive that had some programs installed on it. They do not appear in add/remove programs. Are they now uselss and can I just delete them? I am afraid to touch them until I know for sure what I should do.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
Jane

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#1
August 28, 2009 at 10:32:01
If you want to restore those programs and any data that they have, they would have to be reinstalled (and the correct D: location designated during the install) before they will operate.

If you don't care about saving them, you 'can' delete their folders without causing a problem.

(edit) You can actually delete the 'old' system folders if you want. They are:
'D:\Documents and settings'
'D:\Program Files'
and
'D:\Windows'.

Make sure that you delete them on the D: drive and not C: !!!!

(edit too) Note that if you have any music, video, etc, files in the D: 'My Documents' folder, they will be lost if you delete the above folders.


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#2
August 28, 2009 at 12:31:51
If you don't want to save anything on the D: drive, just format that drive.

Skip


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#3
August 28, 2009 at 12:44:34
Skip's suggestion is probably the best. :-)

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#4
August 28, 2009 at 13:27:26
Maybe I should say a little more. When faced with this situation, I copy anything I want to save to the new C: drive and also burn it to CD or DVD; especially if those files belong to someone else and I'm unsure of what they want to keep.

First time I was told to "awww, just delete it all", I did. That gal was furious when her music, pics, forgotten documents were gone. Fortunately, realizing I was dealing with the female animal, I burned her personal stuff to a couple CD's (and offered to sell it all back to her ;-)...).

My revenge was to shove her ransom money in my pocket for a few minutes to get her attention.

Skip


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#5
August 28, 2009 at 13:47:23
>>>Fortunately, realizing I was dealing with the female animal, I burned her personal stuff to a couple CD's (and offered to sell it all back to her)<<< is that funny?? NOT!!

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#6
August 28, 2009 at 14:00:11
Maybe funny after the fact. WAAAAAAAAAAYYYyyy after the fact.

But it won't win even a grin from that particular group of humanoids.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.


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#7
August 28, 2009 at 15:07:30
That gal doesn't have a problem with it though. She's been my doctor for about twenty years (can get even any time she wants) and my sole source of dumb blonde jokes.

Skip


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#8
August 28, 2009 at 17:28:02
Other than the jokes.....


You need to learn about NTbackup with system state and how it can restore your system and save data.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#9
August 29, 2009 at 05:33:45
Thanks for the answers, guys - I enjoyed them and the laughs too. Think I will follow the suggestion to copy the good stuff and reformat. I appreciate your answers.
Jane

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#10
August 29, 2009 at 05:41:12
Skip,

I really, really hope you don't get sick....


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