I have installed a second HD (200Gb). Can I get my apps from
one drive to the other without reinstalling all of them? Also, can I leave XP
on the primary drive but move the “documents and settings” folder to the new
drive without upsetting XP?
The short, pragmatic answer to both your questions is no.
Let me explain why…
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When an application installs, it leaves pointers to all sorts of files and such that it
cares about in various places including the system registry and quite possibly
files and locations known only to that application. There’s no way to go in and
change all those settings and know that you’ve gotten them all. So the “right”
way to move an application is to uninstall and re-install it to the new
Be aware that some applications will still install some components to
“c:\program files” even if you are installing the full application somewhere
As for moving Windows’ “c:\documents and settings”, technically I believe
there is a registry setting that defines its location. However, I
would be extremely reluctant to change that. My concern is that I fully expect
some applications to ignore that setting and always write to “c:\documents and
settings” anyway. My suggestion here is to have your video or other application
simply use directories that you create on your new drive, thus ignoring the whole
“documents and settings” thing all together.