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#1 Dec 07 2011 at 5:07 PM Rating: Good
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I ordered a SSD and plan to put FFXIV on it once it is installed. Rather than re-install and re-patch/etc. , I'd rather just copy the existing folder to the new drive. Does anyone know where you change the drive letter for where the game is installed (i.e. registry key, etc.) ? For example, if game is currenlty installed in the D: drive and you move the game to F: drive ?


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#2 Dec 07 2011 at 9:01 PM Rating: Good
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I have tried this myself, but it didn't work out so well.

I really suggest you do a full reinstall.
#3 Dec 08 2011 at 3:24 AM Rating: Excellent
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I ordered a SSD and plan to put FFXIV on it once it is installed. Rather than re-install and re-patch/etc. , I'd rather just copy the existing folder to the new drive. Does anyone know where you change the drive letter for where the game is installed (i.e. registry key, etc.) ? For example, if game is currenlty installed in the D: drive and you move the game to F: drive ?



If i recall correctly you should be able to rename the drive to a different letter. (Please correct me if I am mistaken.) If so then you could just rename your original drive to G: or whatever and then change your F: drive to D: then change the other drive to F: or whatever.

I am not entirely sure about this I haven't done it in years and years, but I would think it is still possible.
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#4 Dec 08 2011 at 12:13 PM Rating: Good
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Just a small caution if you put FFXIV on a different drive than the default location, you might have issues with your updates.

When I installed FFXIV the first time, I had installed it on the D:\ while my OS was on the C:\. I was having trouble making the torrents work because the game didn't seem to locate some files for the updater to work. I then put the files back into the default location and it suddenly started working.

In my case, it was a problem with the files located in My Documents being created in a different folder. I'm not sure how wide spreed this issue is but I got the answer from looking at a forum from someone who had the same issue I did.
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#5 Dec 08 2011 at 12:51 PM Rating: Good
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kasumisan wrote:
Just a small caution if you put FFXIV on a different drive than the default location, you might have issues with your updates.


Eh? I've got XIV running on my SSD and also on a Raptor HDD, niether of which are my C: (OS) Drive, and I've never had a single issue.

I have My Docs and other folders stored on my storage drive and you hotlink the location by right clicking on the folder in the start menu. Maybe you used a different method?
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#6 Dec 08 2011 at 2:34 PM Rating: Good
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My current installation of FFXIV is already in a non-default location - on a separate drive from my OS where I install all my games. Never had any issues with updates or anything like that.
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#7 Dec 08 2011 at 6:08 PM Rating: Good
Unfortunately, most games (and programs for that matter) are tied to the registry code when you first install them, which makes changing to different drives almost impossible. (Almost, not totally impossible.) The best way is to just do a full reinstall of the game, not that hard, not that time consuming compared with changing the registry.

Sorry, but it is what it is.


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#8 Dec 09 2011 at 9:51 AM Rating: Good
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Here's a few things you can try, though I still encourage you to just reinstall. The install on my SSD is quite smaller fully patched than the one on my Raptor which has had the install since more or less launch.

While some of these are geared towards Steam games, the proccess should be similar.


http://cms.laplink.com//pcmover/index.html

http://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinkshellext/hardlinkshellext.html

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/262456-14-guide-transfer-steam-games
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#9 Dec 09 2011 at 11:55 AM Rating: Decent
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as a quick cheat you can backup your D drive, change the drive letter, assign the ssd the D drive letter and restore your backup (to D:)

if the ssd is smaller than your original d drive you may need to shrink / move files off before doing this.

no reinstalls
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#10 Dec 12 2011 at 11:07 AM Rating: Good
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Perrin, ****** Superhero wrote:
kasumisan wrote:
Just a small caution if you put FFXIV on a different drive than the default location, you might have issues with your updates.


Eh? I've got XIV running on my SSD and also on a Raptor HDD, niether of which are my C: (OS) Drive, and I've never had a single issue.

I have My Docs and other folders stored on my storage drive and you hotlink the location by right clicking on the folder in the start menu. Maybe you used a different method?


I had used the retail discs when it installed and not an online download and I hadn't done the hotlink, that could of been why. I'll try that next time.
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#11 Dec 12 2011 at 12:20 PM Rating: Good
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Thanks for the responses. I think I'm probably just going to copy the FFXIV stuff to the new SSD and re-assign the SSD the same drive letter as my old games drive. The SSD is smaller than my old games drive but re-installing the other games (if needed) is much less time consuming anyway.
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