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Windows 7: Is it possible to move programs from SSD to HDD with out reinstall?

11 Jun 2013   #1
NathanRice411

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Is it possible to move programs from SSD to HDD with out reinstall?

Hello Windows professionals...

I was hoping to get some guidance and info from you all on a question... So my SSD drive (111 GB capacity) is almost full. Last month I purchased CCleaner (Awesome tool) and used the drive wiper/free space only application and it freed up more than i imagined. But I'm now back to the ugly red bar in my computer showing i'm nearly out of storage space. I have 2 HDD drives in my rig, Both 1TB each and PLENTY of room to do what ever. Is it possible to move installed programs and their files from the SSD (that I so stupidly installed them on) to any one of my 1TB Hdd without having to reinstall the program? and leaving just the OS on the SSD? My rig is used mostly to play & record music and a lot of these programs take FOREVER to install. My guess is no i cant and should pay more attention to the post-it note I wrote long ago saying "Life can be hard for anyone, but life is impossible if your stupid" EH? LOL!


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11 Jun 2013   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Program files of installed programs cannot be moved. You can only direct them to a folder on the HDD during the installation (but not all programs allow you to do that).

What is easy to move is user files (documents, music, videos, pictures). There are 2 different methods doing that. If you think that would help you, post back and I describe the methods in more detail.

Another space eater may be the restore points. That is easy to check. Open an elevated command prompt (run as admin) and run this command:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

The Allocated number tells you how much space is taken by the restore points. If you think that's too much, post back and I tell you how to reduce that space.
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11 Jun 2013   #3
NathanRice411

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Terrific advice!! As soon as I saw the word "restore points" it totally hit me. That can surely eat up room. But let me ask you this... Is it possible to maybe some how save restore points on a different drive?
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11 Jun 2013   #4
NathanRice411

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Shame on me.. I should have looked at this link first before posting.... Sorry everyone.
How to move installed programs to another drive?
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11 Jun 2013   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NathanRice411 View Post
Terrific advice!! As soon as I saw the word "restore points" it totally hit me. That can surely eat up room. But let me ask you this... Is it possible to maybe some how save restore points on a different drive?
No, that is not possible. But what you can do instead is images. And those you can store on any internal or external disk. Use free Macrium. That is your best option.

Imaging with free Macrium
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11 Jun 2013   #6
pallesenw

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You can take a look at mklink: Mklink

With that you can redirect folders.
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11 Jun 2013   #7
gregrocker

 

Move your User Folders - Restore Default Location - Windows 7 Forums
to the HD, since Programs benefit most by the extra speed of an SSD.

If space becomes scarce again then I would buy a larger SSD, or you can uninstall lesser-used programs and reinstall them to a folder on the HD.
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11 Jun 2013   #8
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

I'm not sure that it is a good idea to use the CCleaner free space wiper on an SSD.
IIRC, that is supposed to "zero" unused (or previous used) memory locations on HDDs, by performing multiple writes.
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12 Jun 2013   #9
NathanRice411

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
I'm not sure that it is a good idea to use the CCleaner free space wiper on an SSD.
IIRC, that is supposed to "zero" unused (or previous used) memory locations on HDDs, by performing multiple writes.
Wow? Really? I will surely keep that in mind...

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12 Jun 2013   #10
NathanRice411

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Really? No donate link? Man.... all this free info and the site doesnt even have a cup sitting out that says "Spare Change" I vote this site #1 in 2013 for most helpful computer site....
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