How to Move Installed Programs to Another Disk - Techarup

How to Move Installed Programs to Another Disk

Hello everybody! In this Artical , I’m going to show you how to move a program from one disk to another in a Windows operating system.

Although modern computers come equipped withdisks offering at least half a terabyte of free space,

all that space is not always availablefor use, in practice.

Laptop manufacturers tend to divide the physicalhard disk into several logical partitions, and usually,

the one meant to be the systemdrive C: gets too little space,

while the non-system partition D: gets the rest of thegenerous offer.

Anyone buying that computer ends up in a strangesituation:

the disk seems big enough, but there’s too little room left to installall their programs and games.

Another recent trend is to have two physicaldisks in one computer:

A larger HDD to store all the stuff and a smaller SSD for the operatingsystem and software.

This way, the operating system running fromthe SSD starts a dozen times faster if compared with a conventional hard disk.

However, there’s a downside too,

as diskC: tends to run out of space over time,

and one day you may consider moving some stuffto the larger HDD – for example,

programs that take up too much space or the ones thatyou use very rarely.

If you think that you can pull a job by copyinga folder with a program, pasting it to the other disk and use that program just as before– well, I’ve got bad news for you:

things just don’t work that way.

When you start the program after you haverelocated it to another disk, you are going to see an error message instead.

It happens because any program you installactually strikes its roots far beyond the limits of the folder which you were tryingto copy.

During the installation, various data is writtento the registry and other system folders – which are sometimes invisible to an ordinary userbecause they are hidden.

In this Artical, we will find out how to movea program or game to another disk and make sure they work without errors, no matter whattheir new location might be.

So, let’s begin. Reinstall the program The first and the easiest method to move aprogram is to reinstall it to the other disk.

To make sure your system disk doesn’t getlittered with third-party apps which you may use once a year,

never choose the system diskas the destination to install them.

Anytime you need to move a program from thesystem disk to any other disk,

just visit the program’s homepage,

download the latestversion and reinstall it to another directory.

Reinstallation may reset the program’s settingsand remove certain data,

so be attentive: when a program is uninstalled, there’s usuallya message saying that user settings are going to be removed.

During the installation, don’t hurry sothat you don’t overlook the stage when you need to decide on the disk where you wantthis program installed.

In one of the windows, you’ll be suggestedto configure the installation process.

Just select the disk or partition where youwant to install this specific program.

If there is an option to specify where userdata will be saved, change this setting according to your preferences.

When all paths are given, click the buttonto proceed with the installation.

When the process is over, check the directorieswhere the program files,

user profiles and user data are located. This is how you can move a program to anotherdisk without any special skills or third-party apps.

The program in question will work as it shouldand without errors.

Unfortunately, there are programs that onlywork properly when installed to disk C:

and to a certain, predefined directory.

For example, Adobe products like Photoshop,Illustrator, Adobe Premiere will almost always misbehave when you install them to any diskother than the system drive.

That is why just installing them elsewherecan’t solve the problem.

Move the program with a symbolic linkAnother method to move a program to another disk involves using a symbolic link.

There are special utilities for this purpose,

but I will show you how to do it using only built-in system tools.

For starters, launch the Command Prompt.

Type “cmd” in the search field and select“Run as Administrator.”

Use the Command Prompt to open the foldercontaining the program you want to move.

To simplify this part, open this folder inthe File Explorer and copy the path.

In the Command Prompt, type “cd”,

space,and paste the path you have copied before (you can do the paste operation by right-clickingand selecting “Paste” from the list, or by pressing the key shortcut Ctrl + V),

andthen hit Enter.

If you did everything right, the path shouldchange into the one you have pasted.

Now open the folder in the File Explorer,right-click on the folder and select “Cut.”

Now open the disk where you want to move theprogram and click “Paste.”

Return to the Command Prompt window whichis still open.

There’s a command to type; in brackets,I gave my folder, and you should change the name into the name of the folder you wantto move.

mklink /j “Techarup” “d:\Techarup”Press Enter,

and if the command was entered correctly,

you will see this line (Junctioncreated for).

Now you can open the original folder of theprogram to find a shortcut which will take you to the new directory where this programis.

In the end, the program’s location has changedbut Windows believes the program is still in its old directory – which means thata program moved this way should be working properly – just as before.

Move the program with a third-party appIf you don’t feel like struggling through Command Prompt sequences,

there are third-partytools to make your life easier. One of them is SymMover.

Essentially, it does the same things as theCommand Prompt, but in a way that’s simpler for an ordinary user.

SymMover will help you move a folder fromone disk to another, and retain its location for Windows Explorer.

The operating system will think that the folderis still in its original directory – though it’s not true.

The tool does the trick by moving the folderfirs and then creating a symbolic link to connect the source and the destination.

After moving them to another disk, programsand games will keep on working just as before. Start the app.

Click on the plus button to select a programto be moved.

By default, there is a standard path, butyou can modify it by clicking on the gearwheel and specifying your own path, then selectit from this list. Below, click “Add Folder.”

In the tool’s window, you will see how muchspace will be freed on one disk and how much space will be occupied on the other disk afterthe operation.

If you open the tab “Folders on your computer”,you’ll be able to select an entire folder to be moved, instead of a single program.

Click on the gearwheel to configure the settings. Add another disk, select other actions andso on.

To start moving the folder, click on the greenarrow. When the process is over, programs will bedisplayed in the column on the right.

Follow the new path to see the folder wherethe program has been moved.


How to bring everything backIf you want to move the program to its original directory, select it and click on the yellowarrow.

When the process is complete, you will findthe folder just where it was before everything started.

Talking of practical advice, you can easilykeep your system drive clean from junk software if you pay more attention during the installation:

choose wisely the drive and the folder where you want to install another program.

However, as I said before, there are productsthat only work properly when installed to a certain directory of your system drive,

and if you try to change the default settings to install them to a different drive,

theycan freeze and glitch. That is why just installing them elsewherecan’t solve the problem.

In addition to all that you heard today, youcan try modifying the size of your logical disks – by reducing the capacity of onedisk and using this portion of space to increase the capacity for another disk.

Visit our channel for a detailed video tutorialabout it – find the link in the description below.

And if you have some money to spend, you canjust replace the system drive with a new one offering more space.

Everything depends on your budget, after all.

That is all for now! Hopefully, this Artical was useful. Leave comments to ask questions.

Thank you for Reading.

Good luck.

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