How do I control where an app stores data?

June 15, 2009 at 13:36:27
Specs: Windows XP SP3, 2.5 GB
I'm using Windows SP3. Some time ago, I had a system crash and had to reformat my C: drive and reload windows. Luckily, I had an external backup of my data. When I reloaded my data, I ended up with 2 separate folders under 'application data'. One is called 'Bill & Lois' and the other is called 'Bill & Lois.Bill'. Some of my apps us one and some use the other. I would like to get rid of one of the 2 folders. I have copied all the folders and files from 'Bill & Lois.Bill' into the folder titled 'Bill & Lois'. I have opened some of the apps the have data in 'Bill & Lois.Bill' and tried to find if they have any method of changing the location of where their data is stored but cannot find any such command. Any suggestions on how I can achieve this?


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June 15, 2009 at 13:51:24
When you go to save any work you create you should be able to direct where to save. In order to get more specific I would need to know the app.

That said, virtually every application will create a folder of some sort in My Documents.

If you and you wife both have user profiles (your own login) then the folder would be saved in the respective profiles.

IE - C:\Documents and Settings\Bill\My Documents\

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June 15, 2009 at 15:36:25
You're right, any app that asks to save work also asks where to save it. This is true for word processing, spreadsheets, databases and the like. Security apps. on the other hand, will store logs and general info without asking where to store it. Games will do the same thing with statistics, etc. I guess what I will have to do is to rename the 'app data' folder for each app and see what happens when I run the app. I was hoping there was some software that could perform the task for me. If I go thru all apps and find out which ones store inf in a folder I don't want, will you be able to tell me how to make it go to the folder I want?



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June 15, 2009 at 16:18:33
If an app saves logs or patches then those would be saved in the folder the game created when installed. Try double clicking My Computer. then double click C:> D click program files and find the entry for whatever app you want. Double click on that entry and search for the folder you want.

For instance I have a dial up modem with fax and answering capabilities. The faxes and in and out going message for the answering machine ard stored in that folder.

Sometimes it isn't real easy to determine which folder or file is the one you want.

When you use the proper procedure for removing unwanted programs it usually will ask you if you want to remove related files/folders. If it doesn't it shouldn't be a big deal.

If you know the file extension for any files you want to remove you can search for all files with that file extension.

Go to Start> search>for files or folders> all files and folders.

Here is an example of how to find all files with a doc extension. *.doc then hit enter.

Windows will no doubt find many hits. All should show using the entire path. If they don't, post back for help on how to display the full path.

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