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Moving Program Files folder to another partition

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    Moving Program Files folder to another partition


    Nobody is replying to my question in Seven Forums, I just need to know right away. Here it goes:

    I am running a Win 7 OS on an SSD and I have some programs installed on a different hard drive. And I want to move this program files folder on the same hard drive but different partition. Is it possible to do this without breaking the program links? If so, can anyone please tell me how? Thanks.
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    I am not sure I understand you completely. What do you mean by: Same drive F but different partition ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    I am not sure I understand you completely. What do you mean by: Same drive F but different partition ?
    sorry.. the "F" letter is just a sample drive letter. I want to move the program file folder within the same drive but different partition. I edited my post. Thanks.
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    Your explanation still confuses the heck out of me.
    Let say on a single disk drive, you have 2 partitions then each partition should have a logical drive letter assigned to it. In your case, you should have F assigned to partition 1, and may be G assigned to partition 2.
    If my understanding is correct then you want to move F:\Programs Files to G:\Program Files. Do I understand correctly ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Your explanation still confuses the heck out of me.
    Let say on a single disk drive, you have 2 partitions then each partition should have a logical drive letter assigned to it. In your case, you should have F assigned to partition 1, and may be G assigned to partition 2.
    If my understanding is correct then you want to move F:\Programs Files to G:\Program Files. Do I understand correctly ?
    You nailed it. That's exactly what I want to do.
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    OK, then:
    1. Move F:\Program Files to G:\ => this will move everything to G:\Program Files
    2. Open elevated command prompt and type:

      mklink /J "F:\Program Files" "G:\Program Files" => Must include the quotes

      With this command, it creates a Junction Link for F:\Program Files so that it will not break any program links while physically everything is stored in G:\Program Files
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    You are going to be faffing about with that endlessly, especially if there are drivers involved.

    Anything that runs as an executable ( ie portably ) will be fine.

    The rest will be easier if you just reinstall them to the partition you want.

    If you have the installers it is easy enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    OK, then:
    1. Move F:\Program Files to G:\ => this will move everything to G:\Program Files
    2. Open elevated command prompt and type:

      mklink /J "F:\Program Files" "G:\Program Files" => Must include the quotes

      With this command, it creates a Junction Link for F:\Program Files so that it will not break any program links while physically everything is stored in G:\Program Files
    Thanks I will try this. If something goes wrong (ie program not opening up properly), will system restore fix everything back?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    You are going to be faffing about with that endlessly, especially if there are drivers involved.

    Anything that runs as an executable ( ie portably ) will be fine.

    The rest will be easier if you just reinstall them to the partition you want.

    If you have the installers it is easy enough.
    I have that in mind. But if I ultimately have to do that (re-installing programs), I will just try some expert advise here first. If it worked, then I saved myself some time. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    You are going to be faffing about with that endlessly, especially if there are drivers involved.

    Anything that runs as an executable ( ie portably ) will be fine.

    The rest will be easier if you just reinstall them to the partition you want.

    If you have the installers it is easy enough.
    You and I posted the same time. The solution I gave will work whether it's portable or not. The environment does not change, just the storage is physically changed. However, I don't understand why OP wants to move things from one partition to a different partition on the same physical drive. I can understand if you want to move from one physical drive to another physical drive. An example is certain poor written game installer will not work if you install in different Drive/Folder other than the pre-defined one ie. under C:\ and if your SSD is small then you'll run out of space in C: drive soon in which case, you'd want to move it to different physical drive without breaking any links that the program requires to run.
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