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How to move programs from one harddrive to another

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April 23, 2012 12:10:55 AM

My C: disk is running seriously low on disk space. I have purchased an external hard drive G: and have been moving files etc. It is not correcting the issue on the C: disk. How can I move programs from C: to G:? I don't think I want to completely remove some of these programs. I am not computer savvy so need help! Thank you, k
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April 23, 2012 12:21:14 AM

You can't move programs. The only way is to buy a bigger internal drive and clone your main drive to it and then replace your main drive with the new larger drive.
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April 23, 2012 12:29:33 AM

Agreed. The only way to move the majority of programs is to uninstall them, and reinstall them for most programs have files all over the drive, and so many registry entries.
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April 23, 2012 1:18:08 AM

That's what I was wondering too. I'm doing a new build for my dad who is an accountant and I was wondering if I could physically move programs like Peach Tree and Quick Books from the old PATA HDD to his new SATA HDD.
April 23, 2012 1:37:09 AM

jimmysmittys method has worked for me two times. Moving from one internal drive to another internal drive. clone C to G. remove C. In Bios make the originally G port, C boot drive. It worked for me but I don't have complicated programs either. The next time I did it, I went from a HD to SSD with no issues at all. Your mileage may vary. The OS may not like it either. Do no erase the old C until you are sure the new C works.
Moving programs to an external HD like you indicate scares me. I'm suspicious that moving newer,protected programs to different computers would even work. I never tried it. I only use externals for backup/data.