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Move program files to another hard drive

  1. #1


    Posts : 13
    win 8.1

    Move program files to another hard drive


    Hi!

    I have windows 8.1 and c-drive is system drive.
    Programs are mainly installed to C: but I have also some programs installed to E: Program Files, Program Files (68), Program Data etc .
    Now I want to to move E-drive contents to another hard drive (all files stored on e-drive).

    I think the safest way is to reinstall all programs, but I don't want to do this. Also it is possible to move files to new partition which has another drive letter than e: and create link, but this I don't want to do either.

    Can I do it like this:
    1) Change e-drive letter to x
    2) Create new e-drive to another hard drive
    3) Copy e-drive contents to new e-dive
    4) that is it?

    Can I use normal copy - paste to copy all files?
    I think register references are the same after these steps because drive letter and content of the e-drive are still the same.

    Does my method work? It sound so easy to do. Is it "too easy"? Does it have any risks?

    Best regards
    Laakspen

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  2. #2


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    Yes, it should as long as the drive letter is the same and also I would move instead of copy to retain the ownership of the files.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 13
    win 8.1


    Hi!
    Thank you!
    BR
    Laakspen
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  4. #4


    Does my method work? It sound so easy to do. Is it "too easy"? Does it have any risks?
    It is too easy. Some applications will work this way but many will not. Moving an installed application is very problematic. The only safe way to do this is to uninstall and reinstall at the new location. I wouldn't consider anything else.
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  5. #5


    I think TopGunDCP is right. As long as the "new"drive is called E like the "old" one, it should work.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 13
    win 8.1


    Hi!
    I'll try it some day and tell results.
    BR
    Laakspen
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  7. #7


    Quote Originally Posted by laakspen View Post
    Hi!

    I have windows 8.1 and c-drive is system drive.
    Programs are mainly installed to C: but I have also some programs installed to E: Program Files, Program Files (68), Program Data etc .
    Now I want to to move E-drive contents to another hard drive (all files stored on e-drive).

    I think the safest way is to reinstall all programs, but I don't want to do this. Also it is possible to move files to new partition which has another drive letter than e: and create link, but this I don't want to do either.

    Can I do it like this:
    1) Change e-drive letter to x
    2) Create new e-drive to another hard drive
    3) Copy e-drive contents to new e-dive
    4) that is it?

    Can I use normal copy - paste to copy all files?
    I think register references are the same after these steps because drive letter and content of the e-drive are still the same.

    Does my method work? It sound so easy to do. Is it "too easy"? Does it have any risks?

    Best regards
    Laakspen
    Why not just make a disk Image with Macrium Reflect then restore that image to your new disk after physical removing your old E: Drive Since you would do all this in Win PE your OS would not see any difference
    1. Start up using USB recovery media and create MR Image E:
    2. Remove Old E:
    3. Restore Image to New E:
    4, Boot to Windows
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  8. #8


    Sounds as a safe option.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 13
    win 8.1


    Hi!
    I did it as the workflow was described in my first post:
    1) Change e-drive letter to x
    2) Create new e-drive to another hard drive
    3) cut - paste old e-drive contents (now x-drive) to new e-drive

    I used cut - paste to retain ownership as Topgundcp adviced. I had to kill some processes during the copy, because those were holding some files / folders.

    Everything seems to work so far.

    Clintlgm's workflow would be the safest.

    Thanks to all !
    BR
    Laakspen
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