Moving applications to external drive



MaryG
07-10-2005, 12:22 AM
I've just got an external drive and want to use it for programmes which are
now on my 2 hard drives. Can I move them across or do I need to re-install?
If I can, how, please?

Thanks.
--
Mary

Bob I
07-10-2005, 12:22 AM
A removable drive is NOT the recommended install location for programs.
Also all the registry entries would need to be corrected for any drive
letter changes caused by this "move". Put non-program files on the external.

MaryG wrote:

> I've just got an external drive and want to use it for programmes which are
> now on my 2 hard drives. Can I move them across or do I need to re-install?
> If I can, how, please?
>
> Thanks.

Gordon
07-10-2005, 12:22 AM
MaryG wrote:
|| I've just got an external drive and want to use it for programmes
|| which are now on my 2 hard drives. Can I move them across or do I
|| need to re-install? If I can, how, please?
||
|| Thanks.
|| --
|| Mary

I wouldn't have thought you will have much success with this. Even if you
specify a drive other than the C drive to install applications, the install
still writes entries to the Windows Registry, which of course, resides on
the C drive.

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kurttrail
07-10-2005, 12:22 AM
MaryG wrote:
> I've just got an external drive and want to use it for programmes
> which are now on my 2 hard drives. Can I move them across or do I
> need to re-install? If I can, how, please?
>
> Thanks.

Depends on the program, but for the most part you will need to
reinstall.

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Shenan Stanley
07-10-2005, 12:22 AM
MaryG wrote:
> I've just got an external drive and want to use it for programmes
> which are now on my 2 hard drives. Can I move them across or do I
> need to re-install? If I can, how, please?

Most applications will require you to uninstall (Add/Remove Programs control
panel) and reinstall - pointing to the new drive.
I cannot say I would recommend installing applications to an external hard
drive.. I don't see it gaining you much of anything.

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Ken Gardner
07-10-2005, 12:22 AM
"MaryG" wrote:

> I've just got an external drive and want to use it for programmes which are
> now on my 2 hard drives. Can I move them across or do I need to re-install?
> If I can, how, please?

You can probably uninstall these programs and then reinstall them to a
directory on your external drive. But why do you want to do this in the
first place?

Ken

Michael Stevens
07-10-2005, 12:23 AM
In news:38501F3F-1120-4BCB-AFF1-BBE7894A147C@microsoft.com,
MaryG <MaryG@discussions.microsoft.com> replied with a ;-)
> I've just got an external drive and want to use it for programmes
> which are now on my 2 hard drives. Can I move them across or do I
> need to re-install? If I can, how, please?
>
> Thanks.

This not a good idea. It is best not to install applications/programs to
removable media, but if you want to try it, you can use Application Move 2.6
or later if available. I have had good results moving applications to fixed
hard drives, but no hands on experience using Application Mover with
removable drives.

http://majorgeeks.com/download526.html

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Lil' Dave
07-10-2005, 12:24 AM
Despite other naysayers, I think this is very good idea if you have XP HE,
and as a consequence, have very limited control of other users.
I would open the current apps you intend to move, and save your personal
data to a neutral, temporary location.
Uninstall the apps.
New install them to your current removable drive. Move your application's
personal data to this drive as well.
Remove the hard drive when not in use, and store in a controllable and
immediately observable location.
"MaryG" <MaryG@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:38501F3F-1120-4BCB-AFF1-BBE7894A147C@microsoft.com...
> I've just got an external drive and want to use it for programmes which
are
> now on my 2 hard drives. Can I move them across or do I need to
re-install?
> If I can, how, please?
>
> Thanks.
> --
> Mary

Gordon
07-10-2005, 12:24 AM
Lil' Dave wrote:
|| Despite other naysayers, I think this is very good idea if you have
|| XP HE, and as a consequence, have very limited control of other
|| users.
|| I would open the current apps you intend to move, and save your
|| personal data to a neutral, temporary location.
|| Uninstall the apps.
|| New install them to your current removable drive. Move your
|| application's personal data to this drive as well.
|| Remove the hard drive when not in use, and store in a controllable
|| and immediately observable location.

There's a BIG difference between installing applications on a removeable HDD
and an EXTERNAL disk

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Lil' Dave
07-10-2005, 12:25 AM
"Gordon" <gordonbp1@yahoo.co.uk.invalid> wrote in message
news:%23brTyh4VFHA.3084@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> Lil' Dave wrote:
> || Despite other naysayers, I think this is very good idea if you have
> || XP HE, and as a consequence, have very limited control of other
> || users.
> || I would open the current apps you intend to move, and save your
> || personal data to a neutral, temporary location.
> || Uninstall the apps.
> || New install them to your current removable drive. Move your
> || application's personal data to this drive as well.
> || Remove the hard drive when not in use, and store in a controllable
> || and immediately observable location.
>
> There's a BIG difference between installing applications on a removeable
> HDD and an EXTERNAL disk
>
> --
> Gordon Burgess-Parker
> Interim Systems and Management Accounting
> www.gbpcomputing.co.uk
>

You don't define the two. Would suspect that you know the difference, but
why you failed to educate the newsgroup readers on this difference is beyond
me. Many users will indicate an external removable HD as an external disk.
I believed the OP to be such. Such "loose verbage" is common in publicly
accessible newsgroups. My reply stands as written. Have a nice day.

MaryG
07-10-2005, 12:33 AM
SORRY for not-responding - been off.
Thanks for all your comments. My C: drive (10gb) was too full and my 2nd
hard drive on the blink.
Some programmes are so big they eat up space.
--
Mary


"MaryG" wrote:

> I've just got an external drive and want to use it for programmes which are
> now on my 2 hard drives. Can I move them across or do I need to re-install?
> If I can, how, please?
>
> Thanks.
> --
> Mary

Bob I
07-10-2005, 12:33 AM
MaryG wrote:

> SORRY for not-responding - been off.
> Thanks for all your comments. My C: drive (10gb) was too full and my 2nd
> hard drive on the blink.
> Some programmes are so big they eat up space.

Bob I
07-10-2005, 12:33 AM
In that case would get a drive ready to replace the "second HD", copy
its contents to the external, swap out the "blinking" drive and copy
stuff back. That way all the registry entries remain intact.

MaryG wrote:

> SORRY for not-responding - been off.
> Thanks for all your comments. My C: drive (10gb) was too full and my 2nd
> hard drive on the blink.
> Some programmes are so big they eat up space.

MaryG
07-10-2005, 12:33 AM
Thanks, Bob. I'd hoped to avoid expense and hassle of getting new hard D
drive fitted! Maybe I need to do as you advise.
--
Mary


"Bob I" wrote:

> In that case would get a drive ready to replace the "second HD", copy
> its contents to the external, swap out the "blinking" drive and copy
> stuff back. That way all the registry entries remain intact.
>
> MaryG wrote:
>
> > SORRY for not-responding - been off.
> > Thanks for all your comments. My C: drive (10gb) was too full and my 2nd
> > hard drive on the blink.
> > Some programmes are so big they eat up space.
>
>

Bob I
07-10-2005, 12:34 AM
No problem, I prefer reliability. Think of the nice fast external backup
you will have when you're done!

MaryG wrote:

> Thanks, Bob. I'd hoped to avoid expense and hassle of getting new hard D
> drive fitted! Maybe I need to do as you advise.


Moving applications to external drive