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Old 18th December 2005   #1
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Install Shield Wizard issue


I'm trying to install a patch for a program. Install shield wizard runs through and says I need 3 gigs of disk space. I think its assuming the program is on my c: drive which only has 2.5 gigs left. It has only my o/s stuff on there. The program I'm trying to patch is on my d: drive which has 18 gigs left. Is there any way to force the install, change the wizard settings, etc.., to make this install go through?

I've already and gone through my c: drive and deleted everything I could.

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In general... there should be an option for a 'custom' installation or a 'browse' option to let you change the location of where you want the installation on your harddrive. Can't be more specific without more information. 3 gigs seems like a lot of required space for a patch. Is this a game? Look for the options I mentioned and see if that helps, or post back with the name of the program you're trying to patch and information about the patch.

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Yes, this patch is for a game. The patch file is only 280 megs when you look at its properties. It doesn't say anything about it being zipped, unless it extracts itself upon installation. When you first click the patch, it automatically start the installshield wizard, lets you select a langauge, then says preparing installshield wizard. As it goes through the prepare part, it comes back and says I need 3000 megabytes of disk space. The program is on a drive with plenty of room! I don't get to the option screen where I tell the program where the original file is located. So, no I can't use the browse or custom option until it gets past that point.

One thing I thought of, but don't think it would work...What if I copied the "program files" & "documents and settings" folders into my d: drive, deleted it from c:, ran the patch, then copy back over? This would free the space I need, but I'm not sure if it will disrupt program paths and so on. This is the only thing I can think of, but want to make sure everything would be alright if I did that idea.

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I don't think I would try to move the 'Program Files' folder or the 'Documents and Settings' folder, but you can move your 'MyDocuments' folder easily... Right-click on 'MyDocuments', select 'Properties', then select the 'Move' option. Hopefully this will help free some space. Another option would be to increase the size of your C:\ drive... new hard drives are fairly inexpensive, or if this is a partition... use a partitioning tool to increase the size (if you have free space you can take from another partition).

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I was trying to avoid having to get another hard drive and reload the o/s and loosing all the settings and whatever else I have. I've been looking for a way to have installshiled wizard look in the d: drive to estimate space instead of c:, of which I can't find out a way to do this, or if its even possible.

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If you were to get a new (larger) hard drive... you can 'clone' (transfer) everything off the old hard drive onto the new one (including the OS). The hard drive usually comes with software to do this or most 'imaging' programs also have a 'clone' feature. You shouldn't have to re-install Windows or re-do any of your settings.
What game are you trying to patch? Does the patch include some feature you need? If you don't 'need' it... might be easier to skip it.

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Actually, I got the space free finally. I found some stuff that was hidden in cache folders that = big time space taken up. About that clone transfer...is that easy to do? Never done that before

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