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Metall_pingwin

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#1 10 years ago

I will be buying a new HD for my computer soon, because the current one is running out of space, and there isn't much I can still remove. I'm wondering however, if it is possible to move applications from one hard drive to another. For example, I would move all my games to the new, faster hard drive, without the installation messing up. Or is the only way to reinstall all programs?




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#2 10 years ago
Metall_pingwin;4224092I will be buying a new HD for my computer soon, because the current one is running out of space, and there isn't much I can still remove. I'm wondering however, if it is possible to move applications from one hard drive to another. For example, I would move all my games to the new, faster hard drive, without the installation messing up. Or is the only way to reinstall all programs?

There is a very good chance that you will need to reinstall the games &/or programs onto the new hard drive. The reason for this is because as you know, when you install a program all the files are not only copied to the games or programs directory. They also have files copied to the registry, as well as other locations, such as in your documents folder or other locations. while this is not the case for all games or programs, it applies to around 98% of them. Before you uninstall the game, you might want to try just dragging & dropping the programs folder over to your new hard drive & then to try starting the game. However, if it works, don't think all is fine, as the program or game might still be accessing the needed files that are on your hard drive, such as in the before mentioned documents folder or elsewhere.

For best results, backup your saved games & then simply uninstall the game or program, delete all traces of it that you can find, as when you uninstall a game or program, it does not always delete all folders that were associated with it, and then reinstall it on your new hard drive.

-MRG




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#3 10 years ago

If you plan on moving games or any type of software really you will have to reinstall because of the registry issues (pathes, etc). I'd suggest you move non registry dependent things first like music, photos, documents, etc.




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#4 10 years ago

Well, I certainly will want to move my games to the newer hard drive, mostly for the sake of speed.

Ill use my faster hard drive for games, and the slower for music, images etc. Looks like ill have a lot of reinstalling to do.




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#5 10 years ago

Thats not entirely accurate.

If you use a program like Partition Magic you can copy everything over to a new drive, even if your data is on multiple partitions. Partition Magic is capable of correcting registry entries if they need to be changed following moving partitions around. I am typing this on a computer thats had this process done to it continually ever since the DOS6 days.

The only problem with doing this is that it means you do bring over a lot of data you don't need if you bring the entire hard drive. I am doing another upgrade in the near future and I will only be copying over the windows partition to avoid having to do a reinstall. Everything else is going so I can have a clean start without a legacy of old files dating back to the year dot.




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#6 10 years ago

partition magic will probably do it fine, but the program we use in the shop i work in is norton ghost (*gasp* norton?! i know, but it works) it copies everything exactly, whether it be partitions, windows files, whatever this will copy everything you need directly over just be careful, we've had guys in the shop select the source as the blank drive and overwrite all the customers information with nothing (needless to say they were fired shortly there after) anyway as long as you're not upgrading your version of windows that would probably be the simplest thing, keeping all of your settings and files and everything perfectly in tact however if you want to change your version of windows i dont know of anything that will copy over just programs (i think its actually illegal because then you could pirate programs)




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#7 10 years ago

Meh. We used to run Norton corporate on over a hundred PC's across 4 sites and it was never a problem. That having been said I think the network management tools in Sophos are better, and puremessage is handy. On the other hand Sophos dosen't work that well with the legacy 9x boxes.

When you see people in here complaining about it remember in general they are enthusiasts rather than professionals and they are looking for the best product on the market (or the net at lowest cost) and everything other than that automatically sucks, even if it will do/has done the job perfectly well without problems for years. Half of them probably won't have used it and are just looking for an opportunity to say "me too" to try and look like they know what they are talking about.

Ghost is a good program and would copy everything across, assuming your only copying from a single partition to a single partition. If you are doing more than that you would want Partition Magic to fix the registry entries that have changed path afterwards.




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#8 10 years ago
CuRsEdOnE222;4225329 just be careful, we've had guys in the shop select the source as the blank drive and overwrite all the customers information with nothing (needless to say they were fired shortly there after)

LOL I remember having to do this to school computers at my summer job, I was always nervous I would overwrite the portable hard drive rather than the target computer. :D




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#9 10 years ago

You guys realize that Symatec owns PartitionMagic lol Anyways... I would suggest keeping your games on whatever harddrive Windows is installed on. Mostly because you are running the game off of Windows. Being the neat freak I am, I would rather do a fresh install of Windows on the new harddrive and install my games there, but either way, if you make a clone of your harddrive using whatever program(Partition Magic, Norton Ghost) there is about an 80% it will work without any problems. Games are a little different to clone than regular programs, which explains the percent.




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#10 10 years ago
WickedVestige;4228377if you make a clone of your harddrive using whatever program(Partition Magic, Norton Ghost) there is about an 80% it will work without any problems. Games are a little different to clone than regular programs, which explains the percent.

No, it will either work totally and completely or not at all if its not done properly.

It will move everything across and the program won't know the difference. Games are no different from any other app. The only difference is that most games store your serial number in the registry which is not moved correctly through doing copy and paste.

Thats why we have said either Ghost or Partition Magic. Both of those copy the registry as well.




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