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Regaining free space on hard drive?


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batpark

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I”m looking to recovery more free space on my XP pc. I have lots of free space on an external (E:) hard drive.

 

Am I correct that I MUST keep all those aps -- that are listed in my Control Panel\

Add or Remove Programs -- on the pc’s built-in hard drive. That is, I can NOT move them to the E:drive? Just checking. Thanks.


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Hi batpark,

 

I assume you are talking about installing your software on the external drive instead of internal drive. Can't just move them, have to reinstall them.

 

It would probably work in most cases, but expect problems. Obviously the application won't be there when the drive isn't plugged in. With some programs, that could give you grief even if you don't intend to run the program. Also, USB is slower than IDE and SATA, so the program won't perform as well as it should.

 

So if you are running out of space, buy a new internal hard drive or add a second hard drive instead. They're sometimes cheaper than the external ones, and faster. And after the initial hassles of installing them, they're much less trouble.


Edited by jds63, 02 October 2014 - 06:08 PM.

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Jds63: That sounds right. I'll see if I can get some hands-on help to install an internal harddrive. I appreciate the advice.


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Your welcome. Advice get the second drive, reinstall some of your software there, also use it if you play games. Use the external for backup and storage of Documents, music, videos and pictures. Anything of importance. Plus run music, videos from there to save space on internal. If have trouble need help installing the drive, repost a thread here.


Edited by jds63, 03 October 2014 - 02:06 PM.

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