Will transferring all of my data (downloads, programs, everything that came in the initial Solidworks download) from my OS (C:) drive to DATA (D:) drive on my computer cause any problems?
would that be just copy/paste/move or would it be some special program that would update all the pathfiles in all references places ie. registry, startup icons etc.
But i think before doing this, preferably release SW licence if it's machine based.
I would just be copying and pasting. What do you mean by release SW licence if it's machine based?
Luke Moeller wrote: I would just be copying and pasting. What do you mean by release SW licence if it's machine based?
Luke Moeller wrote:
Why do you wish to do this?
just to be on the safe side.
Plus if u do copy/paste will you be changing manually all the file path references in registry?
Josh Brady: I need to free up storage space on my computer.
Wojciech Paterski: You still didn't answer my question: What do you mean by release SW licence if it's machine based? It's not that I don't understand why I need to do this, it's that I don't understand what this is in the first place.
Do you have someone in your organization that provides an IT role?
Not to be a jerk, but just completely honest, based on what you've said in this thread, I don't recommend that you try this. Look elsewhere to free up storage space.
The SW license is what allows you to use, install, and run the program and many of it's tools. Often the authority is given to a specific computer, which you will need to connect online and manage if your getting a new computer. Or it's controlled within a company's network, where you will have to talk to someone in IT to make sure the license transfers.
As for moving SW files, especially ones that are interconnected and have parts and sub-assemblies in many different folders, it is best if you go to the highest level files (usually the drawings, but can be assemblies as well) and use pack and go from there to make copies, then delete the original files. That way all the links will be preserved in the move. Otherwise they are easily broken. Especially if you have the upper level files linked and getting information from other folders. Even more so if that top level file is not looking in sub-folders from where it is located, but jumping to other file trees. Though if EVERYTHING the top level file needs is all in one file folder, it is usually safe to move that folder as a whole.
May want to make sure you know how to re-link / re-reference files before you move them. Otherwise only the basic part files may still be useable without someone going and manually re-linking them.
1-90EYAYS wrote: Josh Brady: I need to free up storage space on my computer. Wojciech Paterski: You still didn't answer my question: What do you mean by release SW licence if it's machine based? It's not that I don't understand why I need to do this, it's that I don't understand what this is in the first place.
To free up drive "C", I saved all files except SW file in Drive "C" since it's a SSD so I can take advance of its speed
Yes. Many problems.
You should save out templates, work, or absolutely anything customized first. It is too broad to either summarize or assume what you have done with it. Also you may save User Settings with the Wizard, but nearly all file locations will need corrected if applied.
Uninstall SWx. Reinstall on different drive.
Before you do something so drastic, have you determined what is really taking up all the space on your C: drive? I find SpaceSniffer very helpful for this. If it is a desktop, you may have a multi-gigabyte hibernation file (hiberfil.sys) which is completely unnecessary. Depending on your OS, you may be retaining every Windows update you ever installed. I use PatchCleaner to clean up that stuff. You may have all sorts of old/obsolete drivers as well. I use DriverStore Explorer [RAPR] to remove the old drivers.
I agree with Jim. Go after the low hanging fruit first before you consider any drastic measures. Just purging the WinSXS directory of the old windows updates will free up many gigabytes. I like a program called WinDirStat for analyzing storage space.
I should mention that there is a proper way to delete the old windows updates. Do a google search for winsxs and you'll find plenty of guides on how to do this.
As others already mentioned you'd have issue of reinstalling software and re-point all the links to the drive "D"
Also is drive "D" fast as local "C" or you'd face with performance issue
Just to clarify are you talking about just the files you downloaded to install solidworks or the installed program and data files?
Retrieving data ...