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#1 11 years ago

Is there any way to move a program from one hard drive to another? Just moving the folders doesn't work, I'd have to edit the registry, but I don't know how.

I got a 250GB hard drive for Christmas, as my old 160GB was rapidly filling to the brim. I've moved all my media files, including 30GB of music, but I'd also like to move my programs, like games and such, to the new, bigger hard drive. Is there any way to do this short of completely reinstalling everything?

Thanks in advance.




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#2 11 years ago

Not really, no. You need the registry entries for most programs and that means installing it 'properly', which means removing the old ones. There probably isn't much point moving your programs over though, the speed boost will be minimal unless you routinely edit massive files (like video).




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#3 11 years ago

If you do re-install those programs to an external hard drive, then expect a massive hit on performance. USB2 and firewire cannot compare to SATA or PATA in terms of speed or bandwidth.




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#4 11 years ago
Jesus of Suburbia;3509816Just moving the folders doesn't work, I'd have to edit the registry, but I don't know how.

It actually varies from program to program. Some have a "data", or "ini" file that lists the path(s) to each directory, which should be located in the game folder.

Others do use the registry. They usually follow this standard.

LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> -> ->

ie,

LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> EA Games -> Need For Speed X -> Data Path




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#5 11 years ago

i take it you want to pick and choose which programs you put on there? cause in that case i dont think there is anything if you completely dont have the cd's anymore or something like that were you cant reinstall your games/programs, there are programs out there that will copy your drive exactly (including the registry) then after you do that you format your old 160gb drive, then you can use that as a storage drive, now any programs you dont want anymore just delete




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#6 11 years ago
Akula971;3509952If you do re-install those programs to an external hard drive, then expect a massive hit on performance. USB2 and firewire cannot compare to SATA or PATA in terms of speed or bandwidth.

This is not an external drive, it's another ATA/IDE drive just like my old one.

Thanks for the help. I'll see what I can do.




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#7 11 years ago

Some programs will work for me. But most won't. You'll just have to re-install them that you can't move, buddy. Unless you can find an easier way to mess with the registry. But trust me, it's better to just re-install. Plus you may even find some new versions of some of the things you used to have.




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#8 11 years ago
aaj111;3512187But trust me, it's better to just re-install.

Not always. EA's games usually have a utility which looks like a health item (red plus). It allows you to readd the game to the registry, without having to reinstall.

I have taken to install games on a D: drive, and then backing up my registry, or atleast the entries for the game. I've also learned how to add registry entries, and that a simple text file, with the appropriate header can become a registry file.