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Using external hard drive for running applications.

1. What should I look for in an external hard drive that I want to use to run applications?

2. What other options are there other than the external hard drive to keep from gumming up the work laptop?

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FOLLOWING THINGS U SHOULD KEEP IN MIND WHILE GOING FOR EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE :-

1. PURPOSE OF EXTERNAL DRIVE - MEANS U WANT TO KEEP THAT TO USE IT FOR BACKING UP OF DATA?

2. DO THE COST EFFECTIVENESS OALSO EFFECTS UR PURCHASE?

3. TELL THE SPECIFICATION OF UR PC TO THE VENDOR BEFORE U BUY A NEW EXTERNAL DRIVE, AS IT MAY NOT SUPPORT SOME TIME.

4. ..... MAYN MORE...NOT COMMING TO MIND NOW... :-)

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Hi ambladybut

It's true, you CAN choose to install applications to a drive other than the usual default location of c:\program files\newsoftwareprogram

However---- the operating system will still need to know all about these applications. It will keep information about these applications stored in locations on the laptop's internal hard disk, including in your user profile directory (c:\documents and settings\youruserprofile (if you're using WindowsXP)), the system registry, and various other locations depending upon the software.

These applications will also install shortcuts for accessing them to the Start Menu and Desktop.

Finally, where they store their data (unless you configure them differntly) will also be saved to the laptop's internal hard disk.

So, whether installing the applications to an external hard disk will achieve what you are attempting to accomplish will depend upon your reasons for doing so:

(A) Do you want to use the external hard disk in order to save space on the laptop's hard disk? If that is the case, then using the external hard disk would meet your needs.

(B) Do you want to use the external hard disk for privacy or security reasons? If that is the case, then an external hard disk would not be the appropriate solution for you.

In the case of (B), there are other solutions. Rather than delve into them yet, let's find out what you would like to accomplish w/ respect to segregating your home and work applications. Then we can point you in the appropriate direction.


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