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Can I load game programs on an external hard drive?

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#1 lucing1


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Posted 09 May 2009 - 01:45 AM

My internal hard disk is only 38 GB. Right now it only has 4.4 GB of free space.

The Programs file takes up 15.5 GB. More than half of that consists of my kids' games (Sims, Rome, etc).

Can I move the games and non-essential programs to my external hard drive? Right now it has 68.4 GB of free space out of 250GB. If so, should I set up a special folder to load the games to? How can I make sure that the game will start up all right when my kids load the CD to play? (In other words, how can I prevent a scenario where the CD is loaded, the program isn't found so the CD prompts the kids to load the game again to the C drive?)

Should I partition the external hard drive?

I have already moved music, pictures and document files to the external hard drive.

I have been removing old/unused programs to clear up space on the C drive but for some reason the free space seems to disappear after a few days. As far as I can tell no new programs are added. Is there just a fluctuation in the free space from day to day?

I have checked for viruses and I've defragmented the disk as well.


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Posted 12 May 2009 - 07:22 PM

Yes you can move the program files to the external drive. You will need to uninstall them and then re-install them and change the default drive letter from C:\program files to whatever your External drive letter is. This way when your kids click on the icon the computer knows where the program is. Simply moving them or moving them and trying to explain or tell windows where you moved them is IMO difficult. Make sure the saved games are backed up or moved before uninstalling the game or you may have some very disappointed kids (just find the saved game files and move them to the my documents folder or something so they don't get deleted).
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