[Solved] AOO installs on two disk drives (C: and D:)

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[Solved] AOO installs on two disk drives (C: and D:)

Postby mwg1308 » Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:30 pm

I have 2 SSD drives (C:& D:) and I have tried 3 times to install AOO on D; drive but although the install appears sucessful i.e app runs as expected, I find that the installation appears to have been spread over both drives - each show an "OpenOffice 4" folder containing numerous files, in the ProgramFiles (x86) folder on both drives.
Is this normal and what would happen if I move the files from one drive (C:) to the other?
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Re: Dual drive problem

Postby Hagar Delest » Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:44 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum!

Why would you have a ProgramFiles (x86) folder on both drives?
Note that installing elsewhere than the standard Windows root drive (usually C) is not always successful.
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Re: Dual drive problem

Postby mwg1308 » Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:50 pm

Because I need to run Steam and games on the larger D
C: is mainly OS and some smaller utility progs whist D is 1Tb ssd
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Re: Dual drive problem

Postby RoryOF » Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:53 pm

Did you attempt to make a "Custom" installation? I understand that is the best approach.
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Re: Dual drive problem

Postby mwg1308 » Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:59 pm

Yes- selected D:\ProgramFiles(x86)\OpenOffice 4 as destination, having created necessary folder on D: drive - installation proceeded without a hitch and as I stated, when desktop shortcut was clicked, prog worked fine - my existing AOO s/sheets and docs opened as normal
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Re: Dual drive problem

Postby RoryOF » Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:05 pm

I've never needed an intall of OpenOffice on a second drive, but my memory from reading about this is that there are stub files on the C drive, with the main files on the D drive. Check the folder sizes; if C OO folder is much less than D OO folder, that is the case.
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Re: Dual drive problem

Postby Hagar Delest » Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:11 pm

Personally, I would not have given a folder in an additional drive the same name than the one used by the OS. It may be confusing for the application. But that's just a guess.
Is your C drive that small??? Not sure you'll gain that room, even if the whole application had been installed on the C drive.
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Re: Dual drive problem

Postby mwg1308 » Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:52 pm

Have just checked files on C are 323MB and on D are 121MB
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Re: Dual drive problem

Postby RoryOF » Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:54 pm

Perhaps my memory was the wrong way around.
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Re: Dual drive problem

Postby mwg1308 » Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:57 pm

Rory - take your point about duplicate folder names. Will change folder name, uninstall and try a reinstall to see if this cures it.
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Re: Dual drive problem

Postby RusselB » Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:08 pm

While not dual SSD's, I run OpenOffice off of a secondary drive with no problems.
I used E:\OpenOffice
My D drive is pre-allocated for my blu-ray writer.
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Re: Dual drive problem

Postby mwg1308 » Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:08 pm

Nope - same result even without the ProgramFiles(x86) folder - same proprtion and exactly the same file split between both drives.But here's a funny thing that I just noticed - the C drive is Disk 1 and the D drive is Disk 0 - should be the other way round surely.
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Re: Dual drive problem

Postby RusselB » Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:35 pm

You're right, they should be the other way around.
Been too long since I had to do that kind of work in Windows, but it can be switched.
I'll reply with details later if needed.
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Re: Dual drive problem

Postby RoryOF » Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:23 pm

I would not suggest changing that order, as you would probably have to reinstall everything.
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Re: Dual drive problem

Postby mwg1308 » Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:40 pm

Morning guys - well I took the plunge and moved all the files on C; to D; and guess what - everything is fine.Have tested thoroughly loading/saving s/s, w/d and drawings.
Thanks for all your input - sometimes there is just no obvious answer to the vagaries of Win 10
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Re: [Solved] Dual drive problem

Postby Hagar Delest » Mon Mar 29, 2021 3:09 pm

Thanks for the follow-up. Interesting that the installation splits the files in the first place and then that moving all of them in a single one (the one specified during the custom install) works just fine.
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