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Windows 7 SSD and SATA. Moving Users Program Files and Program data to bigger drive

Question: Windows 7 SSD and SATA. Moving Users Program Files and Program data to bigger drive

Hi guys

I have a 40GB SSD (32gb usable) I want to use the SSD for the OS for fast reboots - and some programs (custom install locations when needed)

However, I want all my mass data to be on my 500GB SATA, how can I achieve this without breaking updates or windows?


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Preferred Solution: Windows 7 SSD and SATA. Moving Users Program Files and Program data to bigger drive

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Windows 7 SSD and SATA. Moving Users Program Files and Program data to bigger drive

Here's a sample on how to move "My Documents"

Works the same for any folder.

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So it seems Sysprep no longer works when you upgrade to 8.1

So you can't move the program files or users folders in accordance with the tutorial.

So has anyone here figured out how to do it yet? or know of a tutorial that does work?


Answer:Windows 8.1 and Sysprep or moving users/program files

Even worse, sysprep failed to reboot in audit mode in Win8Pro, so I can't move users back to C: and upgrade to 8.1
Unless there is a manual way to move it back to C:. I would think there is. Anyone have any ideas?
Otherwise I reinstall Win8 Pro, buy a new MCE upgrade, upgrade to 8.1. Then spend the next week or so rebuilding my dev and gaming environment.

Internal recommendations are to keep users on C:, but open the Properties on the Documents/Music/Photos/Video folders and point them to a Users folder on another drive. I was told that was a supported format for upgrades and patches.
Also, be aware that the Libraries folders are no longer visible by default in Explorer. View-Options to turn them back on.

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I came across this great video where it tutorials you on how to install your OS on your SSD and move your user and program files to HDD. I'd like to get some input if this is a good idea to do to your computer (reduces your write speed on SSD making your ssd last longer since the write speed is finite).

Here's the source of the video,

you can skip to 5:30 if you want but from 0:00 to 5:30, just explains what he's going to do, making sure you install the OS to the SSD to get the partition files which is important, and whatnot.

It seems like a easy thing to do given that I just have to copy and paste the entire "commands" he wrote down on the description. Then edit the registry and do some other stuff.

Is the tutorial on youtube better than the one Lightning posted on this group and are there actually files being saved on your SSD drive? cos you look in your program files or user files and then you see all the files. is that on the hdd right (if done correctly)?
source link to tutorial on sevenforums - SSD Tweaks and Optimizations in Windows 7

It has been asked what other little things can be done to squeeze a litle more performance from Windows 7 on our SSD drives... One thing that helps maintain performance on an SSD is the percentage of free space available to the SSD controller to execute 'wear leveling'. Basically, spreading out the load to the least used empty memory cells.
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Answer:Installing OS to SSD, moving users and program files to HDD?

There is no link to a video in your post.

What about this advice in your other thread,

Quote: Originally Posted by Brink

Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsOP

Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck

Put your OS and Programs on the SSD. Your Documents, Music, etc can go on the HDD. This will make your programs open faster being on the SSD. You will have plenty of room. Windows 7 only takes about 30 GB.

To do this, do I change the user folder default location to the HDD drive?

All the folders in the User folder right?

User Folders - Change Default Location


If you like, I would recommend to do what's in the yellow tip box at the top of the tutorial instead of actually moving all the user folders in your user profile folder to the HDD.

It'll be easier and safer to do.

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I am new here and would like some advice with moving the Users and Program Files directories on a clean installation of Windows 7 Ultimate.

My computer has a 60Gb SATA2 Solid State Drive which I am installing the OS and I have 2 640Gb SATA3 hard drives, one of which I want to use for both users, program files and program files (x86).

I have read and tried many different approaches and I would prefer using a 'symlink' to achieve this rather than any registry hacks, as I have read that a symlink has fewer side effects.

I would appreciate if anyone could provide me with any help on this.

If it is any help my OS drive letter is 'C' and the location I want to move the folders to is 'Z'. In system recovery mode the drive letters are 'F' and 'C' respectively.

Thank you all for you time.
I look forward to hearing fro you.


Answer:Moving Users and Program Files Directories

Hello rezurrection, welcome to Seven Forums!

Once programs/apps are installed they cannot be moved, if you want to install the prog/apps to another location then create another folder on the target HDD to install them to; you cannot move the Program Files / Program Files (x86) folders as it will cause instability.

You can move your user files, have a look at this tutorial at the link below.

User Folders - Change Default Location

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Anyone know how to restore these folders to their original drive after they were moved during sysprep

Answer:Restore Users and Program Data Folders to Original Drive

This is for Windows 7: User Folders - Restore Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums

Should work for 8.1 also.

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I now realise i should of hit custom install, and installed it on another drive, is it to late to move them, the only things in there are what were installed by microsoft.

Answer:Moving program files to a different drive.

Have you backed up the entire HD?
It's recommended to alway backup before an installation.

You can't move the operating system to another HD, best way is to delete it during the re-installation.

Start your install again, use this tutorial: Clean Installation with Windows 7

When you get to steps 7 & 8, format the drive you put the last install on, then format the drive you want to put the new install on. Then proceed with the tutorial.

Let us know how it goes.

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I am sure that this has been answered on previous occassions, but...Is it practical or wise to attempt to move all of the program files from the C drive to another drive or partition. Also is it practical to make the new program file location, the default one so that any new program installations are pointed to the new location. I appreciate that some install routine give you the option to specify the location, however some programs do not and default to the C location. Any ideas/advice please.

Answer:Moving program files from "C" drive

click here entirely at your own risk!!!

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Hello, Bleeping Computer.
My computer has two drives:
C: drive is a 64gig Solid State Drive.  The intent is for this to be the boot drive.
E: drive is a 1TB Solid State Drive.  This is meant to be the storage drive for everything else. 
C: drive is consistently getting nearly full.  Once in a while I can trim it down a bit using disc cleanup utilities (cautiously, of course.  I heard that disc defragmentation software can wreak some havoc on these things).  The bulk of the drive's capacity comes from the  Windows and Program Files drives.
These are the folders in C: and their capacities:
Expat Shield - 4.00 KB on disc
inetpub - 952 KB on disc
Intel - 1.07 MB on disc
NVIDIA - 225 MB on disc
PerfLogs - 0 
Program Files - 3.21 GB on disc
Program Files (x86) - 15.3 GB on disc
temp - 0
Users - 5.09 GB on disc
Windows - 29.7 GB on disc
Would it be safe to relocated the Program Files (x86) to E:?  Would the two files merge?  What can I do to minimize information loss if I merge the files?  Is there another alternative to free up space?  The ideal function of C: is to only contain what is necessary to run the OS. 

Answer:Moving Program Files to another Drive

You cannot put program files anywhere but C: with Windows... doesn't work.
If you are running hibernation you can turn that off and delete hyberfil.sys, which will clear up a load of free space.
Make sure you have nothing on your desktop, and change you folder path of my documents, download etc. onto your E: drive. (move the current files over too) That will help a bit.
TFC is a great cleanup tool, finds a lot of other stuff other file dumpers don't.
I'm sure some other members have other suggestions on how to free up some drive space.

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Can someone remind me which key needs to be changed so that the windows program file folder defaults to drive D - rather than drive C. Second question is will this change work on a P/C with Windows NT?Thanks

Answer:Moving 'program files' folder to Drive D

Not sure what you mean. Do you want to boot from d and not c?

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so any one with any knowledge on how to just get my computer to the way it was would be fantastic!!

Answer:lost all data on D drive all program files to

A little more information would be good. What exactly is your "D" drive? What happened that you lost data, or did you just lose access to the data?

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I do not work much with windows, but I do a lot of work in different distros of bsd and linux.

What I want to do is 'ln -sf c:\program files g:\program files' that is how I would symbolic link the folder in linux, but I can not figure out how to do this in windows.

I need this done so after the folder is moved to a new drive/partition all the Start Menu links still work, and also the short cuts.


Answer:Sym Link: Moving C:\Program Files\ to G:\Program Files\

not sure if this will work, but how about just creating a shortcut of the C:\folder on the G:\ , or vice versa..

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I have installed win XP pro a couple of days ago, and I thought that it would be a good idea to put windows in a separate partition. Since then I have installed a few applications on a different partition, but it is not uncommon for applications to put something in the program files folder anyway.

Is there a safe and easy way of having "my documents" and or "program files" on a bigger partition? Or would that defeat the whole point of a system partition?

Would be glad of some advice.

Tell me if it's a bad idea!


P.S. Is there a way of telling if the system partition is on the outer or inner edge of the HD?

Answer:Can you move My Documents/program files to bigger partition?

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My windows Apps are not working since I moved my Program Files directory off my ssd to my hdd.
I left a symbolic link in my SSD, everything else works beside that.
I get an error like this one (french Windows): Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet
I also changed the Apps install directory in regedit like explained here: Change default Program Files directory in Windows 8
Can you help me ?
Thanks in advance,
Note from Moderator: I fixed the links.
Next time don?t put the links in CODE-tags, just post as plain text.

Answer:Windows Apps not working after moving Program Files directory off my SSD

Since this an english forum, that image with an errormessage in French doesn?t tell us much....
If you want help, then please post in english.
You can use Google Translate if you need help translating....

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Go with a 128GB SSD and keep everything on it or move just the Users directory to one of the HDDs. You will get much better performance if all executables are on the SSD.

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Hi. As we all know, some program installations give you the option of actually choosing the folder in which the program files are extracted to. However, there are some which do not give you that option. Is there any way for me to configure my OS (winxp pro) so that all of my software is extracted to my F: instead of my C:?The problem is that my F: is much bigger, and would like to have all of my programs stored there. Thanks!

Answer:designate program installations to bigger drive

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I'm new to this forum and new to what I'm trying to do. I need to know how to copy
a program from one xp computer to another. The program has customer info in it.
How do I transfer all the data from one computer to another without losing any
information? I'm a beginner, so please explain in "English" (LOL).

Many thanks,

Answer:Moving a program and data to another computer

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Right now my C:\drive is 99.9% full. Is there a way I can move/redirect the Appdata and Program Data folder to my E:\Drive? I made an mklink years ago for something else, but I honestly forgot how I did it.


Answer:Moving App/Program Data via MKlink

Is this the command your looking for

mklink /d C:\Users\Your Name\AppData\Local D:\AppData\Local

Move all the hidden files and folders and sub folders from C:\Users\Your Name\AppData\Local to

D:\AppData\Local directory

Test it and if all is good ``Move`` the one on C: for safe keeping.

Here`s a full guide Complete Guide to Symbolic Links (symlinks) on Windows

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My 80GB Windows 7 drive isn't cutting it, and I don't want to do a reformat on a new drive.

I'm thinking of getting a WD 500GB Black to replace it. (Or are there any other recommendations for a fast system drive?)

What is the best, possibly free program to image my system drive to the new 500GB so there will be no problems once I plug it into my computer?

Answer:Best (free?) program to image a system drive to a bigger drive?

Since you're buying a Western Digital drive, this will be the best thing for you:

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In D: drive i have the old windows. I didn't uninstalled them i just installed new windows on C:
The drive D: was C: but now the drives switched.

Now in C: i have the new installed windows 10 and it's working fine.
But on D: i have the old windows folder and also the folders: Program Files, Program Files(x86) and ProgramData

And when i try to delete all this 4 folders i'm getting in each one of them a message:

This is how i'm trying to delete:

In this case the Program Files folder but the same message i'm getting on the other folders.

Answer:Can't delete Windows and all Program-files-files(x86)-data folders why

You need to give yourself a full permission and take ownership of the folders.

1. In Windows 10 type cmd.exe into Start Menu, right-click on Cmd.exe, and open it as an administrator.

2. Type following commands:

Takeown /f D:\Windows /r /D Y

Takeown /f "D:\Program Files" /r /D Y

Takeown /f "D:\Program Files(x86)" /r /D Y

Attrib -s -r -h D:\ProgramData

Takeown /f D:\ProgramData /r /D Y

Icacls D:\Windows /grant %Username%:F /t /c

Icacls "D:\Program Files" /grant %Username%:F /t /c

Icacls "D:\Program Files(x86)" /grant %Username%:F /t /c

Icacls D:\ProgramData /grant %Username%:F /t /c

After executing the commands try deleting the folders.

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You will all no doubt think this should go to the "Beginners" section but I thought the cleverer people read this section. O.k., enough butt kissing, now to my problem. I installed a larger hard drive some time ago and left Windows on the old 10 gb drive with working programs (eg Mozilla) but there isn't much left on the old drive now and everything is running slow. I have no back up cd for Windows and as, I believe, I would need to have a reg. no. to move it to the larger drive. Is this correct and I'm up the swanny without a paddle, or have one of you cleverer chappies or chapesses got an answer for me

Answer:Moving Windows to bigger drive

you would need to clone the drive programs such as norton ghost or acronis true image could achieve this for you

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Answer:Moving Program Files

Having just re-formated and re-installed all apps, & drivers, (took ages), I was wondering if I made a new partition, moved my 'Program Files folder there (with apps), and made my 'C' smaller with just 'Windows', that this would make future reformats of 'C' drive much easier.Is this safe to do? (Using Win 98).

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While installing the programs and updates to my ASUS Z97-A motherboard on a new build, I inadvertently (read that stupidly) installed them into the drive that I intended to be used only for Windows. Is it possible that I can safely move the Programs Files and Programs Files (x86) into the data drive?

Answer:Moving Program Files

Hinkydink said:

While installing the programs and updates to my ASUS Z97-A motherboard on a new build, I inadvertently (read that stupidly) installed them into the drive that I intended to be used only for Windows. Is it possible that I can safely move the Programs Files and Programs Files (x86) into the data drive?Click to expand...

Hi, Hinkydink. Welcome to Major Geeks.

You should be able to uninstall them from the Windows drive and re-install them to the data drive. I'd use something like Revo Uninstaller though to make sure to remove all traces (the app itself and any folders, files and registry values) so there are no conflicts/problems with the re-installation.

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I originally set up XP Pro with a striped drive. For various reasons, I now want to remove the striped drive.

The striped drive (my drive D: ) contains both data files and program files (in a directory entitled "Program Files.")

It's easy to move the data on the striped drive to my new HD. Program files might be another story...that's where I need help.

Can I simply move the various directories containing the program files from D:\Program Files\ to C:\Program Files\, changing the Shortcut property of the links on my desktop, in the start menu, etc. to reflect the new location of the program files? I tried it with an unimportant app I had downloaded from the Net, but hesitate to do the same with Office 2003, QuickBooks, etc. I fear I might get into some huge Registry-Editing task, or be forced to reinstall two dozen apps, thus losing all the multiple security updates, patches, etc. I've installed over the last 2 years!

Or is there some part of XP Pro or program out there that will automate the process, being sure to update the registry, shortcuts, etc. as to the new location of my vital program files?



Answer:Moving Program Files in XP Pro

As far as I know, only re-installing the programs will work.

Otherwise all registry links would need adjusting and there is just no way to identify the 100's involved.

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Hi people basically, I want to move my folder "Program Files", to a different partition on my hard drive. BUT I also want these programs to be working as normal after they have been used. I would like to move these without reinstalling them if possible and use this as a Very last resort. Does anybody have any suggestions??

Answer:Moving Program Files

There isn't any easy way to do that, and I wouldn't recommended it if you are not familiar with the registry, you may want to read this: need also better registry editor which serves massive keys changing.You have to correct all paths not only for CommonFilesDir and ProgramFilesDir otherwise many system functions and applications will stop work - I used RegAlyzer to do that,although manulaly correct path in build-in system regedit is also necessary because I don't know why automatons can't detect all incorrect paths in registry.Please also note to correct paths for some keys changing permissions is required as well
For Windows 7 if you don't fix all paths in registry then you crash UAC and practically you loose a part of admin rights even in safe mode,neglect other errors.So this procedure is only for experts.Moving Users and ProgramData is more dangerous...
How to move Program Files to new partition? - Vista Forums

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Last night we purchased a new pc with Win 7 loaded. We have an old and dying XP. It has been backed up using the Win backup facility to an external hard drive (assesories/system/backup). I imagine that restoring the data files will not be a big problem, but: She does not have all the original "program" CD's.

It is a home pc and NOT networked. I read that a parallel cable could be attached between the two pc's and then programs "transferred" in this manner.

Is there another way?

If a parallel cable (get one at computer store?) is needed, then what is the procedure?

Answer:Moving program files from XP to new Win 7 pc

Take a look here:

Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

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How complicated is it to shift program files from one drive to another? Specifically, I want to move Steam's game files (over a gig each) from C;/Program Files/whatever to my new big drive E:/something to free up space on the C:/ drive for the rest of the family (6.5GB worth on a 20GB drive), plus I want to get Day of Defeat:Source and it won't fit on C:/. How exactly do I transfer the Steam/Valve folder without confusing the program and/or Windows?

Answer:Moving program files

You can't just phisically move the files to your other drive as all the components that are linked to that program, will try to look for it in its old location. It is possible (ive done it before with a program or two) but you have to know exactly what is affiliated with the program, and set it to read from the new location.
To avoid a lot of trouble, I would suggest that you just uninstall the program, and reinstall it on the drive you want.

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i have a spare 20gb hdd can i move my program files to it and keep the main 120gb hdd for every thing else or if i move it will every think be currupt and not work???

Answer:Moving Program Files to Another HDD

There are registry fixes involved in this and if you are not confident enough to go delveing in there its not the way to go, pending on how many progs you have uninstall and reinstall to other HDD is a safer option you can then make it a default location for any other progs you install......

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I want to install all my applications on a new partition. How do I move the program files directory in WinXP?

Answer:Moving Program Files

Are the programs already installed in C and not the new partition?

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is it possible to move the program files from my server c:\ drive to a newer hard drive? what would be involved in this? i need to replace the original c drive with one that isn't corrupted and worn out.

Answer:moving nt program files

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I need to move programs from my C drive to my D drive in order to free up space. I have an XP operating system.
Thank You

Answer:Moving Program files

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I have a HP Pavilion running xp home edition sp2 with a 40GB hdd. The c: drive is declared at size 33.1GB due to the HP recovery partition.
On the c: drive the largest folder by far is Program Files at 19.3 GB due to a subfolder Microsoft Games 17.2GB containing Flight Simulator 9 14.1GB.

I would like to fit a second drive and move the folder Program Files on to it to free the space on c: to let the ststem run more freely. Can it be done without having to reinstall everything?

Answer:Moving Program Files Folder

Can it be done without having to reinstall everything?Click to expand...

No, because of each of the program's relevant registry entries will need changing to reflect the new location, one hell of a manual job that is to the point of being quite simply impossible.

You would be better to create a folder on the 2nd hard dive call it MY Programs (or whatever you like) then whenever you install a program select the custom install options and install the program to the folder on the 2nd hard drive.
You can tweak the registry so that any applications you install from now on will be installed on the 2nd drive
change the Data of this String Value ProgramFilesDir from C:\Program Files to the path of the folder on the new drive where you wish the programs to be installed to
See here for info -

If you want to make some space on C then uninstall any apps and re-install them on 2nd drive.

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I want to move my Program Files folder from the default drive/partition to another drive/partition. From C:\...\Program Files to D:\....\Program Files, for example.

XP warns me that this is not desirable but I would like to shift the folder because of the way I have partitioned my XP drive. Otherwise I am going to have to partition my hard drive again, and reinstall XP.

Any opinions please, for and against. Bazza

Answer:Moving XP Program Files folder?

Bazza, this link talks about moving C:\Program files to another drive.

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I've recently reformatted my hard drive and set up a fresh installation of Windows XP. Before installation I repartitioned my drive so I have one logical drive for windows to boot from, another dive (P:) for all my applications, and F: (Fun n Games )

Now I want to configure the 'Program Files' Folder Path to be 'P:\' instead of 'C:\Program Files\'.

1. How can I do this?
2. Should I move everything already in c:\program files\ to the new location? (i.e. 'Common Files', 'Java', 'Outlook Express' etc.)

Answer:Moving the 'Program Files' folder.

Definitely don't do number 2. That will probably just corrupt your programs. Leave the ones that are already in Program Files there; there is no easy way to move them (esp. Common Files, Outlook Express, Internet Explorer). The programs that you have installed you cacn specify where you ant to install them. As to changing the default location, there is probably a way but I don't know off hand.

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I am trying to moved everything---program files as well as data files---from one laptop to another. The source is XP, the destination Win7 Home Premium 64. From what (little) I understand, most imaging programs clone everything, including the XP register and boot drive. But how can you then boot the Win7 machine to run the programs that were originally instaled in XP?

I know I can just drag over the data files and re-install all the software, but I am not sure I will live long enough to complete that task. Anybody? Ferris?

Answer:Cloning program drive and data drives from XP to Windows 7 laptop

As far as I know, "cloning" implies moving the operating system (XP in this case)---which you don't want to do because Windows 7 is already on the destination laptop.

I think you are out of luck. If I recall correctly, any transition from XP to Windows 7 requires a fresh install, including applications. You just have to hope you will in fact live long enough to complete the task.

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I recently bought an ssd, and I plan on having just windows, and my games (steam and origin, plus some extras) installed on it, everything else will be installed on a regular hdd. (I want to move everything, except what windows needs, then install steam/ origin there, and install everything else on a separate drive) I've heard of people changing the default locations, and I'd like to know the best way how. I'm also holding off installing any drivers til I get this sorted out. Also, I have windows 7 pro


Answer:moving program files/user accounts


Originally Posted by damiancds

I recently bought an ssd, and I plan on having just windows, and my games (steam and origin, plus some extras) installed on it, everything else will be installed on a regular hdd. (I want to move everything, except what windows needs, then install steam/ origin there, and install everything else on a separate drive) I've heard of people changing the default locations, and I'd like to know the best way how. I'm also holding off installing any drivers til I get this sorted out. Also, I have windows 7 pro


Sounds like a good plan, you could make a image of your os and restore it directly to the ssd ?
Your only is making sure you have enough data to move it.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup - Windows 7 Forums

I haven't used their guide but I did this last year twice, had a stable os for almost 2 years without drama.

The only thing I must I stress to you, is make sure when you image the os, you don't bring along its problems it may have now, such as errors or any system lag.
Clean up any debris and such using ccleaner or a free trial of system mechanic basic 11 from

Should take less than 1 hour to do, let me know if it helps.

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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.

Answer:Moving Program Files folder to another partition

I am not sure I understand you completely. What do you mean by: Same drive F but different partition ?

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Just partitioned my disk -- now have a new space just for programs. I'm copying all the files from C: to the new location E:

Will the programs still function (since the paths will be different now)? Do I need to change anything? If so, what is the easiest way?


Answer:Moving program files to another location XP Home

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I have no trouble transfering data from one hard drive to another. Then you simply reinstall the program on the new drive and all is good. But what if you don't have the original program disks. Its an older program that no longer exists. Is there any utility program that can move it from one drive to another and have it work? I think not, but thought I'd ask.


Answer:Moving a program from one drive to another

timmy there is a santa... Your looking for Aloha Bob now sold as PC Relocator... by

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I am working with a tiny business that does not have a brick and mortar office. They have 3 guys out in the field with laptops.

They would like to be able to share files amongst themselves where all the changes that are made update the files on each person's laptop.

What would you recommend for this? Dropbox for business? Buy a NAS and setup bittorent sync?


Answer:Program To Sync Files Between 3 Users

You can use almost anything, GDrive, OneDrive, Dropbox....
The thing I'd be most concerned about is how often are these files going to be updated, will those updates happen concurrently, and how large are the files?

Keep in mind the bandwidth of the 3 on the road and the file may not be an issue, but it could be. Depending on the setup, you may be best using GDrive and having them work on stuff in Docs/Sheets/Slides at the same time. At least that way, the files are updated in the cloud and no one has local files where you have to worry about sync issues and versions being more up to date than others.

Personally having just recently switched from Dropbox to GDrive (mainly for size given for free), I'd go with GDrive unless you'd be paranoid about Google having eyes on your files. Dropbox's TOS is a lot more "user friendly" regarding your files being yours; Google doesn't really specify anything close to this, and people (typically) think that Google is quite the opposite (taking EVERYTHING of yours they can).

Supposedly O365 will be getting the capabilities for multiple users to access and edit files simultaneously, but a) I haven't seen any dates on that rollout and b) O365 is not "free".

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Hi have have a new PC running Win7 Home Premium 64bit. I have 2 drives:

1 x 120GB SSD (running the OS) (C Drive)
1 x 1TB HDD (D Drive)

The SSD is running the OS and a couple of main programs which i use quite often (ie. Office 2010, Antivirus, etc).

The HDD i want to use to install and run Games, iTunes, etc...

My question is, if by default installing programmes want to install to C:\Program Files or Program Files (x86). How to i make them install to D:\ and what file structure should i use to make sure the 64bit and 32bit are in the right file and run as they should at the correct bit version??

Is it just a case of creating Program Files & Program Files (x86) folders on D and navigating to these folders on install?


Answer:Program Files (x86) & Program Files Installed On Another Drive

you could try mounting the the hdd partition to your program files folder in your SSD.

I have never done this before and cannot say it will work properly. but its an idea.

Mount Drives or Partitions as a Folder

P.S. I would definitely backup your program files before trying that.

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In the coming week I will be installing Windows 10 Home on my new computer. I will be using an SSD and an HDD, the SSD for the OS, programs and games and the HDD for photos, music and all the other slow stuff.
So, my question. In case the OS were to ever get corrupted, or I had to reinstall the OS for any other reason, is it possible to have the SSD set up as follows; Partition 1 - OS, Partition 2 - Program Files/Program Files((x86) plus other associated folders/files) and Partition 3 for my games, so that any re-install does not wipe out my already installed programs?

I had no problem doing this in with my XP desktop(OS in C and Progs in D, although not perfect, but was never able to do it with Windows 7.

Can it be done?


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Greetings Again,

My file and storage system is set up like this:

C:\ Drive - 120 GB SSD This is my Win 7 64-Bit Ultimate Boot drive. It has my most important Microsoft programs on it. Out of the 111GB available, I've used 42GB, leaving me 69GB free space. I want to keep this area open.

My next drive is a 1TB WD Caviar Black segmented into 3 partitions.

E:\ Drive = Program FIles This has the majority and rest of my programs. It also includes USERs Files. I've use 96GB out of 150GB. Out of that 96GB, 64GB are in USERS files.

F:\ Drive = Data Files. This stores all of my data except for media. I've used 91GB out of 350. I want to leave this be.

G:| Drive = Medsia FIles This stores all Media = Vids, Music, Graphics, Pictures. I've used 80 GB out of 500GB

I also have a 64GB ~ 55GB actual storage SSD drive that is partitioned but has no data on it or assigned drive letter.

Here is what I want to accomplish.

I want to move my actual Program FIles to the 64GB SSD, assign it a drive letter, and keep the USERS files where they now reside on the F:\ dirve

My main concern is that in moving all these files around and splitting the USERS files from the Program Files that I'll mees up my Registry. Will someone please suggest some links I might read that will best help me acheive these moves.



Answer:Move Program FIles to SSD - Leave Users files Behind

that sounds a bit messy - I'm a bit wary of the users folders..
all those links might be broken - or at least, be put at risk..

are you sure you want to go this route, might there not be a better solution..??

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I recently installed a Win7 version of Canon's ZoomBrowser EX photo organiser program. Unfortunately there was no obvious way to choose a 'destination' as there usually is. This meant that it installed to my "c" drive. This is a 120GB SSD that's filling up quicker that anticipated. My pc also has a 1TB HDD (Drive "D") and I particularly wanted it to install there, where there is still over 900GB free space. Is it possible to 'move' (not copy) this program over to drive 'D'?

Answer:Moving an entire program to another drive

You can't. User folder, such as Documents, Pictures, Music, Downloads, etc are easily movable. If you want the programs moved to another location, uninstall them first, then re-install, specifying a different target location.
You can change the default installation path so that all future apps will end up in the desired location.
Having said that you might want to take a look here enter link description here I have never used it so can't comment or recommend it.
My advice would be be to uninstall/reinstall or you may end up with all sorts of problems with the Registry.

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I am using a 2 year old Desktop with Windows 10 and I recently installed a 250GB Samsung SSD.
I then cloned all the important files in my 1TB HDD to my SSD before wiping that old Hard Drive.

Now my SSD is my main hardrive (C ) and my empty HDD is my secondary hardrive (F )
After transferring my Documents, Pictures, Videos, etc... back to my old HDD (F ),
my SSD (C ) is using 125GB /232GB

I only want my OS to be in my SSD and now I wish to further increase free space in my SSD by transferring Program Files, Program Files x86 and Users folder back to my 1TB HDD. All three adds up to approximately 90GB, which is wasted space in my new SSD.

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Unattend .xml answer file worked great on 2600K build, updates are smooth, machine stable for 8 x 8 folding at 100% all cores, and as much varied work as I could throw at it all the while.

I have read about the idea of moving Program Files too, but don't know if the risk is worth it. I like keeping C:\ as small as possible, but are there common programs that will barf if they don't find Program Files on C:\?

If anyone has done this, did you use the Unattend answer file method on build?

Thanks in advance for any input, about to trash my own current build on this SR2.


Answer:SSD; Moved 'Users' and 'ProgData', SP1 OK. About 'Program Files'?

Bruce welcome to the Seven Forums.

A much easier option than trying to move the Program Files folder (which I'm not even sure if it is possible) is to just install your programs to the HDD. Most programs give a custom option during install where you can choose where to install it, usually just by changing the drive letter in the "install to" line. Doing that you then end up with a "new" Program Files folder as well. Just install those programs that either don't cooperate and let you choose, or those that ideally should be on C (AV, etc).

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Hi all.

On my desktop I run WS2008R2 Enterprise and have done since 2009 due to the work I do heavily in IT. It's a critical system.
I also have a laptop running Windows 10 Enterprise.

I managed a very long time ago to have my WS2008R2 desktop system to re-route any users and program files to another stripped HDD (RAID 0) which is E: and the OS remains on C: and Windows update and everything has been working great with no issues.

I know I had to change some registry settings (yup, even IE works when I changed the path) along with maybe some PATH environment settings too, half way during installation for this to work and certainly works great - no need for a directory junction to be made (mklink) as I had OS issues with this. I also used robocopy to copy Program files to another drive, straight after the OS installation before I modified reg settings and then rebooted.

In any event, I want to install a newer server OS however there are some things missing from it. But, I can settle with Windows 10.

Question I have is for Windows 10, how can I successfully:

- have all user profiles created and redirected to another physical HDD?
- same thing for Program Files, Program Files (x86)?
- Any new program installations to automatically pick up the new location of Program files, just like I managed on WS2008R2?

Is there a way to do this in Windows 10, and still have all updates run smoothly?
Whether it be a registry trick or an ADK approach, whatever - I would be interested to k... Read more

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I have space issues on my internal drive and want to move my pictures and the software (Canon ZoomBrowser EX) from my internal drive to my external drive. Is there anyway to easily do this so I don't lose any photos and all will auto download to external drive folder in the future?

Answer:Moving picture program to external drive

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I installed windows 7 (Ultimate SP1) x64 on my machine. After installing some tools/apps when I looked at my C:\ drive I saw the following shape (left hand)! That is, there is one folder named Program Files (x86) folder! And I saw the right hand one when I opened that Program Files (x86) folder. I?m not sure do all of my tools were in x64 version or not but I tried to install those that I was sure about them. Is this x86 folder typical in C:\ drive of x64 or it was my fault of installing the x86 apps please?

Answer:Program Files (x86) folder in Windows 7 x64 C:\ drive

32bit programs on Windows 64 run emulated in WOW (windows on windows). 32bit programs end up being installed there by default, whereas 64bit programs get installed to regular Program Files.

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I installed windows 7 (Ultimate SP1) x64 on my machine. After installing some tools/apps when I looked at my C:\ drive I saw the following shape (left hand)! That is, there is one folder named Program Files (x86) folder! And I saw the right hand one when I opened that Program Files (x86) folder. I?m not sure do all of my tools were in x64 version or not but I tried to install those that I was sure about them. Is this x86 folder typical in C:\ drive of x64 or it was my fault of installing the x86 apps please?

Answer:Program Files (x86) folder in Windows 7 x64 C:\ drive,

It is normal to have both of those program file folders on a 64 bit OS.

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I was wondering, how safe is it to move the entire "Documents" folder to Data F: Drive? I want my downloads to go directly to my other partition rather than to C: Drive. Everytime I want to install anything to my partition drive, the downloads still create a file that goes right to my documents folder on C: Drive. I don't want this. I want the download to just go to one place. Can anyone tell me if this can be done safely? I did notice that when I right click on "Documents" in the start panel it says "properties" and it has a "locations" tab and the option to move the whole file, but I am nervous of trying it out. Is it safe to do? And can I put the folder back to C Drive if I need to? And will sending "Documents" to F : drive direct my downloads to go to F: Drive?

Answer:Moving Files to Data F: Drive.

I take it the F Drive is you recovery drive?

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I've tried to upgrade my Win7 desktop to Win10 yesterday and after downloading all the stuff ti told me it couldn't install it on this computer because the installation could be placed in a non supported directory.
Ok, I found out it is because when I set up my Win7 I decided to relocate the default path(s) for the program installations in order to point to my D: drive.
This seems to be causing the trouble.
Besides the stupid inability of MS programmers to take something like this into account (why don't they just read what's in the current registry and copy that over while Win10 is installing?):
I guess I will have to move all my installed programs back to C:\Program Files (and the x64 equivalent) and to change the registry settings back to their default ones.
Or is there any other way (i.e. set this in the ISO files before attempting to upgrade)?

Answer:What a mess! MS didn't consider users could have moved 'Program Files' to different location

Well if you decided it was a good idea to move around directories, I'm sure you can fix it.

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Is it possible to give full permission for the users in program files folder ?

can any one please advise this
i am unable to give permission from admin account

Answer:give full permission for the users in program files folder

Hi Oberwald
Thank you so much for the valuable information.
I have done this by
1) Turn off UAC (User Account Control)

Before you can do anything, you must turn off the UAC, or you will be locked out of the following steps.

1) Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> User Accounts
2) Click "Change User Account Control Settings"
3) Move slider all the way down to "Never Notify"
4) Reboot

2) Take Ownership

Yes take ownership. Even though you are logged on as an Administrator, you can't change files that don't belong to you. The Program Files folder is set to the Trusted Installer group and the Administrator doesn't have the rights to change anything. So now we
have to claim all the files and folders.

1) Open Windows Explorer
2) R-Click on Program Files -> Properties -> Security Tab
3) Click Advanced -> Owner
4) Click Edit
5) Select Administrators -> Put a checkmark in Replace owner on subcontainers & objects -> Apply
6) Wait a while.....
7) When it finishes, Click OK on all boxes to close everything

3) Fix Permissions

Now that you own the files, you have to give yourself permission to modify them

1) R-Click on Program Files -> Properties -> Security Tab
2) Click Advanced -> Change Permission
3) Select Administrators (any entry) -> Edit
4) Change the Apply To drop down box to This Folder, Subfolder & Files
5) Put check in Full Control under Allow column -> OK -> Apply
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Please help me. My space will be killed by symantec\subeng folder. This folder is bigger than 16GB now. Thx

Here is my scan:

Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Run by mike on 2008-04-13 23:42:37
Computer is in Normal Mode.

-- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------

Failed to create restore point; disk is full.

Backed up registry hives.
Performed disk cleanup.

System Drive D: has 0.48 GiB (less than 15%) free.

-- HijackThis Clone ------------------------------------------------------------

Emulating logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2008-04-13 23:44:45
Platform: Windows XP Service Pack 2 (5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
D:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
D:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AppCore\AppSvc32.exe
D:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\AluSchedulerSvc.exe
D:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
D:\Program Files\Yahoo!\YOP\yop.... Read more

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My Spybot Search and Destroy keeps giving me system startup change notifications about these strange "vga warn warn" files in my Program Data folder. These all start out vga warn warn and end in various numbers and letters. What the hell are these? Should I be deleting these? I never noticed them before I installed Search and Destroy. If you require more information please let me know.

Answer:What are these strange Program Data files?

Just want to add that these things seem to be multiplying like rabbits and there's a huge whackload of them now in my Program Data folder. If you guys don't know I'm going to try deleting them and see what happens...

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Windows Script HostScript: c:\program files\common files\comobject\data.jsLine: 789Char: 76Error: the szstem cannot find the file specified.Code: 80070002Source: (null)

Answer:c:\program files\common files\comobject\data.

Is there a question in there somewhere?Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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[size=16]hey when i go to start > all programs> then all the files in the folder program files opens like this [/size][size=16] i want to move those files to other folder so i can get rid of that huge thing opens in all programs?? so how can i go that?? anyidea??any help would be appreciated thanks[/size][/color]

Answer:Moving files from program files??

Right click the start menu button and click open all users. Organise away

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SO basically recently I installed a SSD to boot from, but I keep all of my movies on my second drive. I decided to delete windows from the HDD since I will not be using it anymore.

The problem is, /Windows, /Program Files, and /Program Files (x86) all refuse to delete, even after taking ownership and setting full read-write access to me. I can't even delete them in safe mode. I can't wipe the HDD because it's 90% full and I simply have nowhere to back up all of the movies.

and yes, I'm booting from the SSD.


Answer:Delete /Windows and /Program Files? (from ex-boot drive I promise!)

You might like to read theog's post at Windows 7 Forums > Windows 7 help and support > Installation & Setup ? installed 7 on new ssd and want to format old primary drive with vista..

May be your boot files are on the HDD too.

Quote: Originally Posted by FuturDreamz

SO basically recently I installed a SSD to boot from, but I keep all of my movies on my second drive. I decided to delete windows from the HDD since I will not be using it anymore.

The problem is, /Windows, /Program Files, and /Program Files (x86) all refuse to delete, even after taking ownership and setting full read-write access to me. I can't even delete them in safe mode. I can't wipe the HDD because it's 90% full and I simply have nowhere to back up all of the movies.

and yes, I'm booting from the SSD.


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I'm trying to instal Skype on my PC and I keep getting this error message: 'An error occured while attempting to create the directory: c:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\StartMenu.

This is what I've done to try and remedy it:

1. Right clicked the installer file and tried to run as Administrator. Didn't work.
2. Changed security permissions on the folder ProgramData and give full control to me. Didn't work.

The folder is 50% transparent and something's not right with it but I can't figure out why.

Answer:Can't install program - Program Data folder permissions?

Hi kentabu,Welcome to the forums , Have you tried this little trick ? Take Ownership Shortcut

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I'm trying to do a quick task for work (well not so quick) to compare a handful of large data files which ultimately outputs the difference into new different files. The program we use is UltraCompare Professional and I think it's a great program but I was wondering if anyone knew of anything like this that would take advantage of multithreads?

Right now when I load up a couple files it spends a good time doing the sorting on the HDD through temp files which is no prob I can just leave it or set up a little raid. After that it reverts to CPU using a single thread, and it takes a while. Which is still no prob really but I'd like to be more efficient and use more threads.

Answer:Program to compare data files that are Multithreaded?

what kind of datafiles?
I would suggest writing your own in python (python now has true multithread support) if it isn't too complex or proprietory binary files

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Yesterday I accidentaly moved my Programfiles Folder in the disk D to a folder named fa7c9367958ecc1051a8ee, I tried to cut/paste it back but after I did it the one program files folder stayed there and the other I pasted didnt have all the data.Now the program files folder I tried to cut says its empty,but I dont think so since I disk space hasnt changed and the pasted program files folder does not have all the data it should.Any help would be appreciated thanks.

Answer:Lost my data after cut/pasting Program Files

Are you showing hidden and protected system files? Go to Tools>Folder Options>View and check the settings.Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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My computers are both running Win 7 64-bit. I am thoroughly confused when it comes to placing programs that I download into their proper folders: That is, program files (x86) vs program files. I have read stuff on this, but still confused. for the most part, even when a dl'd program suggests being installed into PF, I, for whatever reason, place it into PF (x86). Although I have read that placing the program into the wrong folder may cause the program not to work properly, so far I have not had this problem...nor any other problems that I am aware of. Could someone please set me straight on this issue?

Answer:Program Files or Program Files (x86)-Where to place downloaded program

I let the installer put it where it is supposed to.

If I trust the software I trust they know best where it should be installed/placed.

If I can't trust the software maker why am I downloading/installing their program?

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I'm looking for a program that will allow me to move windows to a specified location. This should be a command-line program that accepts a program/window name and the destination coordinates.

Does such a thing exist?

Answer:Program for moving windows

What specifically do you mean by "specified location"? Windows is not a single file but a collection of folders and files -- and you can't just "move" it to another folder on the same partition or on another drive.

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I currently have a 250GB IDE HDD with 2 MB of cache and I bought a new 250GB SATA drive with 16MB of cache.

I'm going to be using the SATA drive as the boot drive and the IDE as a secondary drive.

What's a good program to use to mirror my current hard drive to the new one?

Also, could someone point me in the right direction for an online guide to how to install a SATA drive?

Any advice is much appreciated...


Answer:Got SATA Drive- Need Disk Mirror Program and Advice...

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What is this Virtual Store folder about?

When I installed mIRC 6.0 on my Windows 7 Pro OEM, the download folder was created in C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\mIRC\download instead of C:\Program Files\mIRC\download (like in Windows XP).

However I don't think the program intended for it to be so because when I click on the go to "download" folder, it says the destination does not exist (because Win7 put the mirc/download folder in AppData instead of simply in the main Program Files folder).

What is this Virtual Store folder about? And why did my mIRC download folder get created there instead of the main Program Files folder.

Answer:mIRC dl icon links to app data instead of program files

Unless you run an application as Administrator that application cannot create files in Program Files or other system protected locations. So instead of displaying a UAC prompt when that happens the write operation is redirect to VirtualStore. This is a workaround for old applications improperly writing to Program Files.

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Hi, anyone know of a program that will data recover MPEG-2 movies that were accidentally removed from my Recycle Bin? I have tried several programs, including Recover My Files, GetDataBack, Stellar Phoenix - one found no files, the other found 1300 files (where there should only be about 10), and the other found the right amount, but the files themselves were absolutely huge, so it must have merged the missing MPEG-2s to some of the other movies that weren't deleted.

Can anyone please suggest a way out of this, either by naming a program that can recover MPEG-2s, or a setting that I need change on one of the progs that I've already tried?

Thank you.

Answer:A data recovery program that can recover MPEG-2 files?

Hola try drive rescue or ontrack- data recovery

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Hi I want to remove this from my Computer a week ago I got hit with a Malwear and it came from avast and I bougth a newer virsion to help me but it is been a nightmear cince,how can I remove it I try unistaller and it got most of it but I see there is still a file that it won't remove it is a protected file,Any help Thanks Tom

Answer:C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\DATA here. Malware doesn't come from Avast, you got it somewhere else.

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I am about to install Windows 7 (64bit) on my new 60GB SSD drive. I will keep a separate 1TB drive for all music, etc. and I intend to install most applications on the 1TB drive as well.

However, since 64-bit windows by default has both a "Program Files" and "Program Files (x86)" folder for 32-bit apps I wonder if I could get in trouble by not installing 32-bit apps in the x86 folder?

Answer:Program Files and Program Files (x86) on another drive

Hello front243!

It is really better to let programs/apps install where they need to but have a look at this tutorial at the link below, it may be a help to you and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation

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I hope this is the right forum. Thank you in advance to the moderator to move it to the appropriate forum.

My Toshiba Satellite L25-S1216 laptop is slow ever since I had a few blue screens last Spring-Summer. A couple of times damaged (OS) files and sectors had to be fixed with chkdsk and/or SpinRite since last Summer. Extensive testing of the Hitashi Travelstar 60Gb internal Hard Drive indicated that it is healthy. This HD was cloned from the original 40Gb last February-March, which is now in an external enclosure. This 40Gb original HD contains the OS when it was healthy and with essential program files we'd like to preserve.

Note that my PC is not only slow but the jingle sound for instance when you log out is choppy as if the system was overwhelmed to play it.

Following recommendations supported by threads I read it would be good to reinstall windows XP Home Sp3.

My dilemma is that my wife bought this laptop from a teacher friend and we do not have all the license key and CD to reinstall some of import programs (e.g. Microsoft Office and specific math editor and teaching programs). I read that there is a way to reinstall windows and restore the program files and user data from either a back-up of disk image. I wonder if I can adapt this approach to my system?

Here is what I have:
(a) Toshiba Satellite Intel Celeron M (1.60GHz) 2Gb RAM.
(b) Windows XP Home Edition SP3 installed, license key but no physical CD at the moment (I can purachse it ... Read more

Answer:How to reinstall Win XP Home and preserve program files and user data?

so if you run the recover dvd dont it give you recover without loss of data and setings

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Hopefully you guys can help me out here, the retards over at genmay are becoming more useless by the day. Anyway, I am putting a new HDD in my HTPC and I don't want to format. What software do you guys like / use / recommend to do this?

About 5 years ago, I used a piece of software that copied files directly from one drive to another and it worked awesome. That is what I'm looking for. I know Ghost will do what I need, but I don't really feel like creating an image then restoring the image. Rather just go drive to drive.

Any recommendations or suggestions? tia.

Answer:Moving OS to newer, bigger drive; which software?

i use acronis true image

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Hi. I have a sever on XP 2003 server and the hard drive (C) is full. the OS is on the C drive so I need to copy it somehow to another larger drive and then replace the drive and boot the server to the newer bigger drive with the copy of the entire OS on it without missing anything. just a reboot in a sense.

is that possible? and if so how? thanks

Answer:moving server 2003 to another bigger drive

We running a raid on this and if so what kind?

If not all you need to do is clone the drive to a larger one and resize it.

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Hello.I have a hard drive that has 2 windows xp installed on it, i have a program that i want to move from one windows to another, because i don't have install disc and it was a one copy program made just for this computer and i am wondering is it possible to move(copy) it from one windows to another?What would be requirement to do such a thing? and what is the procedure to do such thing or tutorial if you could point me to one id be greatefull.

Answer:Having 2 windows instaled on harddrive, moving program from one to another

You cannot "move" it. You need to install it in the new Windows installation.

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Can anyone recommend a good data recovery program for an ATA hard drive?

Answer:Hard drive data recovery program.

Hi, I lost 120GB last months and I recovered with this software:

GetDataBack for NTFS


GetDataBack for FAT

It is the Best!

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Not really sure what to do here...

a while back I ran out of HD space on my Dell Dimension with 80 GB hard drive, I work in Audio... So I bought an internal Sata 500 GB drive and was told it would perform better in live tracking sessions to make it the new master drive, and it seemed easy enough so I went through the process at the time to have the BIOS make it the new drive and move everything over...

however, when I ran windows again most of my programs worked fine but a few started with error messages, yet still started anyway. But now I need to update and uninstall some programs and when I try to do this, for example Microsoft Office (which i own and have the official CDs for!) it says the original installation can't be uninstalled due to there being no uninstall information... this happens with a few other programs as well. What is my best bet to getting these off my machine? I can't even re-install these programs because they detect previous versions already installed, but they're nonworking versions that tell me to reinstall. Any help would be appreciated, If I didn't supply enough specific info just let me know what else I might need to list. I'm running windows XP sp3.

Answer:I installed a new SATA internal HD and made it my boot drive, now have program probs

Try the Revo uninstaller. Be sure to use the Advanced option to remove all traces in the Registry as well.

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I can't clearly read the text on the menus and ribbons anymore. I'm getting old and my eyesight is getting older!

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4440 CPU @ 3.10GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8001 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 913 GB (729 GB Free);
Motherboard: Acer, Aspire TC-605
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

Answer:How can I make Excel -the program itself- bigger?

On status bar at the bottom right corner there is a 'zoom level' adjuster. It should be setting on 100% click/slide it to the right.

There is also a default font size for creating new work books in File->Options-> General that might be of assistance.

Speaking of fonts you can select the entire spreadsheet and select a larger font as well.

I would start with zoom level, but if your font size is small (6-8) you should change it. I'm using 11.

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The Data Recovery Wizard program worked for me when I lost some important files. It had a prices tag but from my experience it was worth it. You can see the details info via I wanted to share but also wanted to make sure that I didn't stray from the forum rules.


Answer:The Data Recovery Wizard program worked for me when I lost some important files.

Welcome to TSG....

Thank you for this site. It looks excellent. I would not worry about the advertising thing since you are just pointing out a site that saved your bacon.

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have been playing around with a new build for the last couple of weeks and as a lark I installed the OS on an Iram 3gb card to see how things went. The install is lighting quick, and I have been trying to install the program software onto my second drive, a 150gb WD Raptor. The problem is, some software, like Fuji's hyper Utility for example, will not allow for changing the location fo the install. There are no options to do so. I am wondering if there is a way to relocate the program files folder and it's current contents to the Raptor?

And on this train of thought, is there any thing else I can do to make the OS stay streamlined to keep it on the 3gb drive. As it is right now, this machine is the fastest computer I have ever used (by a large margin), and I would like to keep it that way. So any tips you might have on the OS would be welcome.

This machine is slated to run primarily Photoshop, Vegas Video, Nikon Capture, Fuji Hyper Utility RAW converter, VDub, and other applications such as this. No gaming for now, though it might well get a Flight Simulator on it at a later time. It is a work system for my photography business.

If the specs make a differance on this:
Asus P5W 64 Pro MB
E6600 gently overclocked to 2700ghz
2gb pc6400
Saphire 1950xt 256mb video
3gb IRAM card
1 WD RAptor drive (150gb)
Areca Raid card w/ 2 250gb Seagate drives (not yet setup).

I will most likely do one more complete clean wipe of the setup and install the Areca RAID setup and possib... Read more

Answer:moving the windows default location of the Program directory?

The problem you are likely to have is that \Program Files is usually locked. You are going to have to start your PC in command line mode where you can do the work.

1 - start your PC in command line mode
2 - delete or rename your existing program files
3 - create a symbolic link to the directory on your raptor
4 - reboot

commands to type:

ren "c:\program files" "c:\program files old"
mklink /D "C:\Program Files" "D:\Program Files"

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When I first installed Win 7 I partitioned my drive in two partitions, C & D. Win 7 is installed on drive C. I have installed some software programs from CD and downloads to drive both C & D in addition to data files on drive D. I wish to merge drives C & D and do am image backup before I upgrade to Win 8. I will install a new hard drive that I will clone to after installing Win 8 upgrade. Since I will have to do a clean install of Win 8 on the old drive anyway, is it a waste of time and effort to merge drive c & d on my old hard drive before I do the upgrade?

Answer:Merge two drive partitions and preserve program data from each.

I would say it is a waste of time in some ways, because you should back up the data before trying any kind of partition merging.

Maybe I'm not understanding, but why do a clean install of Windows 8, and then clone it to the new drive? Why not disconnect the old drive, then install the new drive. Then, install Windows 8, and once that's finished, reconnect the old drive as your storage drive.

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Whilst working on problem with my Win10 OS, I found a bit of treacle during my examination. The Intel iCLS Client shows system environment variables for both the C:\Program Files directory and also C:\Program Files (x86). I don't see how that could be correct.

Sure enough, there are files in both locations.
That and several other Intel component appear in dual locations.

If appropriate to clean up, what steps would I use? Seems to me that uninstalling has a lot of potential to break something severely, and I suspect these won't uninstall cleanly.

I'll be chasing around looking for install files while waiting for your thoughts on the thread. Cheers.

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When I attempt to open anything with Adobe,it loads the page but then a box comes up with the following message:
Microsoft Visual C++ Debug Library Runtime Error! Program: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\Acrobat.exe The application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way. Please contact the application's support team for more information. "
Uninstalling and reinstalling Adobe was no help.Be aware,I'm pretty 'puter illiterate.

Answer:Solved: Microsoft Visual C++ Debug Library Runtime Error! Program: C:\Program Files\A

Until more experienced help comes along, leave Adobe uninstalled and try the Free Foxit Reader, it reads PDF files and loads a bit quicker and is lighter on resources and takes a hell of lot less disk space.

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C:\Documents and Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Addins|C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Officed10\SBCMSYNC.DLL is not a valid Office add-in

Can anyone help with this? Keeps appearing when I try to send a link or mail via OUtlook Express and I cannot do it.

Thanks vml

Answer:C:\Documents and Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Addins|C:\Program Files\Microsof

Try and clear the check box by Outlook sync in tools>options>other>advanced options>addin manager

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I have an Advent (PC World brand) Laptop that comes with its own custom On-Screen Display software.

The software is made for 32 bit Windows with no 64 bit version available as far as I'm aware.

I have upgraded to 64 bit Windows recently and everything seems to work great except the OSD.

When installing. I'm given a choice of where I want to install the program in which I choose

C:\Program Files

after installation a mandatory restart is required and after the reboot OSD always ends up in
the other Program Files folder and I receive a error when trying to launch the OSD

I assume this error is because it gets confused being in the wrong directory (although I could be wrong and its simply just not compatible with 64bit Windows)

Anyone have a way to force it to install in the standard Program Files folder?

its the only way to tell if things like caps lock are enabled or not, so its pretty frustrating without it.

Answer:Program refusing to install in standard program files folder

In 64-bit Windows, the folder Program Files (x86) is for 32-bit applications. Try installing your OSD application there instead of the Program Files folder which is meant for 64-bit applications.


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Hello, I have Windows XP home ed, HP Pavilion Laptop. I had to reformat my drive due to problems. When I did this I made a Program File and put in under My Documents. It has the program files I used before I had to reformat my C drive.Now, when I try and access my normal Program File it tells me C:Program Files is not accessible. Access denied. I tried going through user account and set up 2 new accounts with Admin. My current 2 accounts have program admin. But I still can not access the Program Files on the C drive. I want to transfer the Program Files from My Documents to the Program Files in the C drive.Any suggestions?Thank you!

Answer:Cannot access program file, have 2 program files, one normal, one in My Document

You need to take ownership:

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Problem: I suspect my external hard drive is old/worn out.

Symptoms: Device manager recognizes it as a USB device under Hard Disk, but disk management calls it unknown and not initialized.
No drive letter is shown under my computer. When I plug in the hard drive I would hear it spinning up and than quickly down, than spinning up again and going back down until it finally just idles.

Goal: Try to recover my jpgs, doc, and txt files.

Specs: FantomDrives 500GB 3.5'' model number TFD500U16 (had it for about a year and a half now)
It had an NTFS partition and no special software was used to maintain the external hard drive, nor was an operating system installed on it. Just basic files.
if it matters, My computer is a windows Vista home basic on a acer aspire 3050 laptop.

How it happened: just before I left for work, i had things downloaded STRAIGHT to the hard drive. When I get home, it seems someone in the household unplugged everything to move the laptop. Since than the drive has crashed. However, even before this I noticed strange behavior like it would just stop being recognized as a hard drive in the middle of copying a 30GB file, but at that time it was on a mac so I assumed it may have just been operating system differences with the NTFS partition.

Self Attempts: I've tried the drive on multiple computers as well as on macs. No new drive appears.
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Answer:External hard drive crashed, anyway data recovery program?

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I have a small business where I have 10 people work.
I'm now making a new Windows 7 image, but now I would like to give user 1, normal access to programms.
And user 2 only access to Chrome, Firefox etc.

Is there a simple tool where I can chose User 1, can get come here and here?

Windows 7 x64.

Answer:Give Windows 7 (NEW) Users rights to access in program's and not.

Maybe you can make use of Parental Controls?
Parental Controls - Setup and Use

This bit should help you most - Parental Controls - Allow or Block Specific Programs

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Answer:program files on desktop,program folder empty

help,all my program files are on my desktopwhile the program folder is showing empty.anyideas on how to rectify-win98

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I have a program that wanted to install in a document folder

I have installed it in Program Files, but it requires elevation or it produces errors when running. I know I can tick the Run As ... box in the shortcut, but is there a better way, such as taking ownership of the install folder?

Answer:Program installed in Program Files requires elevation?

You could try using this tutorial to see if it helps with this program.
Elevated Program Shortcut - Create for Standard User

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I used an uninstaller to remove some files as the left over bits were slowing my computer down, the uninstaller was called REVO Uninstaller, but i unknowingly deleted something important for the start menu it appears because the start menu no longer displays the system files and folders and programs i installed.

So now, every program i had is still there, but i can't access it from the start menu, i have to go into my computer, then find the programs company name, then access it. I tried creating a new account but it has also affected that one so i am stumped as to what happened. I can ordinarily solve most of my computer's problems, but this one i cant seem to fix.

Answer:I uninstalled a program and now i can't see all my program files in the start menu, h

It looks like you are running in Classic Mode? Right click the Start button/Properties and choose Start Menu. instead of Classic Start Menu. You may be using a Default profile.
Go to C:\Users open up your original User Profile name. Copy the Start Menu, Desktop, Favorites, Music, Pictures etc and paste them into the new profile name you are using to log into.

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When I click START > PROGRAMS, I used to have 30 to 40 folders and programs listed; now I only have 8.  All the programs are still available, I just have create shortcuts for my desktop, or go to Program Files and select the appropriate .exe file.Also, I've noticed that when I go to the Control Panel and click on Administrative Tools, the Administrative Tools window pops up, but it is empty.  I think the two problems are related.HELP!

Answer:Program Files Missing:  START > PROGRAM

Scan for viruses, trojans and Spyware.

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W7, 64 bit. I have my OS etc on a 100 gig partition (c:/) and data (My Documents etc and Outlook data) on a data partition (F:/)- balance of the total of 500 gig. I have pointed my libraries to the correct location(s) in F;/My Documents. However I have not yet worked out how to move the C:Users folder or maybe its sub folders to the data partition. I would like to do this so that the things that go there by default end up in the data partition. Any suggestions?

Answer:Moving users folder to a data partition in W7

Here are a couple of ways click here & click here. G

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I have an XP Home Edition computer with 160 GB hard drive. Currently I have partitioned it as 57 GB System Drive, 20 GB Profile partition, 40 GB Programs partition, and the remainder for shares.

Now, what I'm wanting to do is move the Program files over to the Programs parition without breaking any. I realize this means editing registry entries and shortcuts to reflect the new location, a daunting task for sure. So I am wondering if there was an easier way to accomplish this.

I realize I could mount the volumn as a folder on the C drive, which would require copying everything out of the Program Files folder, mounting then Copying everything back. I kinda want to avoid a simple mounting and have a distinct drive for the program files, but will mount the volumn as a folder if i have to.

I also find that I can easily move the 'My Documents' folder to the partition I have set aside for that, which eventually I will do. But I'd like to know if it's possible to move more than just the My Documents folder, and move everything under the 'Documents and Settings' folder over?

Answer:moving "Program Files" and user profiles

What you want to do is going to be a lot of work but alas it is easier than you think. You should have all of the install programs for everything on your computer. What you want to do first is backup all of your important data - not the programs just the data. When this is done you do a full re-install of Windows to the drive C:.

Next step is to install your programs to the drive you have designated for programs and also make a Program Files directory first.

As for the profile partition all you do is leave the profiles where they go as Windows want to put them. Make the partition that you wanted for profiles a data partition and make a directory there for Data Files. Or something you want to call it.

I do the same thing with my computer and it i s easier to back up and restore.

When you are done getting it the way you want then use Acronis True Image on all of the drives so if something happens you just restore the image and if you do have to restore it only takes about 20 minutes instead of three days or more the other way.

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