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Windows 7: Move almost all programs to external HDD (E:).

29 Aug 2014   #1
Ceymoonie

Windows 7 Professional x64.
 
 
Move almost all programs to external HDD (E:).

Hey .

Reason:
I have my computer for almost a year now, and it always had a very fast SSD with little space.
So I got an external HDD when I had the computer for like 7 months. It never was a problem to use E: as standard installation folder and I never had a problem with the 20gb left on SSD. Months after that (now) I decided to record gameplay form the game Minecraft so my little brother who really likes it.
I use Dxtory to record it, but when I chose E: as defauld I got a big FPS drop it the final file. But because of the size of recording files I only can record a bit on low resolution.

Where I need help with:
How can I move all the programs (except some) to the E: drive? And if that isn't possible: how can I see which programs are saved on C: so I can uninstall them.

Thanks for your time.

Regards Casper.


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29 Aug 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. You have to tell the program installer at installation time where you want to store the program.

2. The programs that are on C are in C:\Program Files and C:\Program Files (x86) - (in case of a 64bit system)
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29 Aug 2014   #3
3D Jed

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
 
 

If your desktop only has 1 disk, a 120GB SSD, then I think that's your problem. Most people would have an SSD and a regular (internal) HDD - say 2TB. External drives tend to be slow and best suited for backup/copies of your data - music, movies, photo's etc. You seem to be using the external HDD as a normal drive, hence the performance hit. I'd say, if there's room in the case, get a 2TB internal drive - about £50 UK, and just use the external for storage.

You can uninstall programs from Control Panel - Programs and Features.
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29 Aug 2014   #4
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

Also note that there's programs that won't allow installing on External drives, has to be Internal and use a Custom install to change the default.
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30 Aug 2014   #5
Ceymoonie

Windows 7 Professional x64.
 
 

Thanks everyone for the answers .
Quote:
1. You have to tell the program installer at installation time where you want to store the program.

2. The programs that are on C are in C:\Program Files and C:\Program Files (x86) - (in case of a 64bit system)
I have already done that with a lot of programs, but I can't figure out which programs are installed on C: and which are installed on E:.

Quote:
If your desktop only has 1 disk, a 120GB SSD, then I think that's your problem. Most people would have an SSD and a regular (internal) HDD - say 2TB. External drives tend to be slow and best suited for backup/copies of your data - music, movies, photo's etc. You seem to be using the external HDD as a normal drive, hence the performance hit. I'd say, if there's room in the case, get a 2TB internal drive - about £50 UK, and just use the external for storage.

You can uninstall programs from Control Panel - Programs and Features.
Okay, thanks I will think about it.

Quote:
Also note that there's programs that won't allow installing on External drives, has to be Internal and use a Custom install to change the default.
I luckely never had a problem with that.
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