Many times it happens that when you partition your hard disk, install OS and other applications and now realize that your C drive running on low space while your other drives are huge empty. At this situation, you are left with two options.
First one is uninstalling huge and space-hogging applications and reinstalling them on the other drive and the second one is to resize your existing partitions using a partition management utility. The latter option is better in a way as you can allocate the space permanently to drive C, but the threat of losing all your data in one go is high in case you accidentally reset your PC or witness a power failure.
The first option is a faster one and would only affect the particular program it moves in case of any errors. Obviously reinstalling the software on another location is the best option, but it is painstakingly slow, and what if you don’t find your installation disk?
In this situation, there is a easy and simple utility called Application Mover which is capable of relocating the program from one drive to another drive in just three simple steps.
Download the utility Application Mover and install it.
CLICK HERE to download.
Run the program after installing. Here I am showing you an example of moving ‘Adobe Photoshop CS3’ which obviously consumes large disk space, from C drive to my D drive.
- On the main screen, you need to specify the two paths to the programs which need to be moved. Choose the current and new path accordingly. Leave all other check boxes untouched. Click OK.
- The next screen will confirm the files that will be moved. Confirm with ‘OK’ and the file operations will begin.
- A new window will open and you will be asked to finally confirm the replacement of the program locations. Confirm with the ‘Replace’ button for every file or simply check the ‘Do not ask me again’.
- Application Mover moves all files from the old path (and any sub-directories under that path) to the new path. The program then uses these strings to make changes to the Windows registry, Windows shortcuts, .ini and Install.log files in the program path. The application performs its operations in the following order :
- Files are copied to the new path.
- Registry Changes are made.
- Shortcuts are changed.
- Files are deleted from the old path.
- .ini and Install.log files are changed.
Price of Application Mover Utility
The utility is a shareware and can be purchased for around USD $15. Another alternative utility is ‘Steammover’, but the cons are—it runs under Windows Vista and 7 only, works on NTFS and not fat32, leaves shortcuts on C drive and if deleted then the relocated program won’t work.
However there are certain precautions you need to remember while dealing with this utility. The utility must be run with Administrator privileges and the following important directories should not be moved with this utility.
- C:\Program Files to D:\Program Files
- My Documents
- C:\Program Files\Common Files
- C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office
- C:\Program Files\Antivirus applications
Programs must be shut down before moving. Backup must be done to avoid mishaps.