Change drive to install

  collinsc 18:24 26 Feb 2008

my C drive is full, i want to install a cd quickly. it is saying the c drive is full and i should change my desstination drive- but it doesnt come up with an option box to allow me to do this.

any ideas?


  wee eddie 18:27 26 Feb 2008

If it is, you will have to forget installing anything and get on with some housekeeping.

If it is not full ~ Give us more details of your PC and we'll try and work out what's happening.

  BurrWalnut 18:28 26 Feb 2008

If you mean you want to install programs to a different drive, go to Start > Run, type regedit, press Enter and navigate to registry key

In the right pane, right-click ProgramFilesDir and Modify it to the drive of your choice, e.g. D:\Program Files which will put all new programs on the D drive.

  collinsc 18:29 26 Feb 2008

yes its full, i have no idea why- it shouldnt be... i havent got a clue what is so large on it

  collinsc 18:31 26 Feb 2008

burrwalnut- if i do that can i then just drag the application over to c when i get it cleaned (or get an HD)

  MAJ 18:34 26 Feb 2008

"burrwalnut- if i do that can i then just drag the application over to c when i get it cleaned (or get an HD)"

No. But what you can do is drag a shortcut to the program to another drive.

  collinsc 18:36 26 Feb 2008

maj- But that will mean the whole app is stil on the original drive, thus not saving space right?

id love to get this c drive down in file size- so i can store it there-but i just dont know where to begin!

  Technotiger 18:42 26 Feb 2008

You could begin by looking at what you can un-install, items that you would not miss or need again. Look particularly for any large Video Files .

  BurrWalnut 18:42 26 Feb 2008

If you have the CDs for all non-windows programs:
1. Uninstall them from C.
2. Run my registry change.
3. Reinstall the programs on another drive.

  Technotiger 18:45 26 Feb 2008

In IE Tools>Internet Options .. delete Cookies and Files. Run Disk Cleanup Start>All Programs>Accessories>Disk Cleanup

  BurrWalnut 18:52 26 Feb 2008

Here are some more ways to save disk space:

1. If your PC is behaving properly you can remove the Windows hotfix backup hidden files that begin $NTUninstallKB from the WINDOWS folder. There are two ways to do it, either by the preferred method of running a script which also removes the corresponding entries in Add/Remove Programs or manually deleting them.

Download, extract and run this little script click here Create a system restore point first just in case anything goes wrong during the registry updating.

Alternatively, copy them to a CD/DVD then manually delete them from the \WINDOWS folder but leave the now orphaned Add/Remove Programs entries intact. Only delete the $NTUninstallKB folders that relate to fixes not those for applications like Word, WMP, etc. Do not delete the $hf_mig$ folder.

2. Turn off hibernation i.e. Right-click Desktop > Properties > Screen Saver Tab > Power at the bottom > Hibernate Tab and untick ‘Enable Hibernation’.

3. Reduce the amount of space allocated to system restore.

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