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11-11-2005, 07:16 AM
I configured my PC, like many on this site, with a small partition for Windows (C: 2Gb) and the rest for programs, files, etc. (D:). My 11 yr old daughter likes to play Sims 2, but over the months she has had it, I have suffered with lack of space warnings on C:. It appears Sims 2 creates neighbourhoods etc and stores them in two places on C:. Once a few neighbourhoods have been created, spare space becomes limited. I have found the folders and moved them to D: to free up the space, and told my daughter to let me know when she wants to revisit one of the moved neighbourhoods and I'll swap it back onto C:.
I have read through the instructions and tried re-installing the program to see if I can set the storage area to somewhere on D:. The only option given is to select where to store the actual program, which I do on D:. There is no choice offered regarding where neighbourhoods are stored.
Has anyone found a way of storing games/neighbourhoods anywhere other than C:? :confused:
11-11-2005, 04:49 PM
If the game uses the default directory of Documents and Settings, you can move it to another drive. I think there's a bit more work to it than that (like telling Windows where you moved it) but there's been a few threads on it here in the forums. Do a search and it should bring them up.
On a side note, I don't take quite that agressive of a position on limiting my Windows C: partition. I usually give it more like 30-40GB. But maybe that's just because I play a lot of games and not all of them work too well if you move the Program Files folder to another drive. Well that and I'm just too lazy to do that for every game. :p Just a suggestion for next time, but consider giving Windows at least a little bit more room.
11-11-2005, 04:56 PM
Yes, THe SIms 2 stores stuff in the DOcuments folder.
Try moving the documents folder to drive D.
11-11-2005, 05:13 PM
I run Win98 and use about 1.7 GB of a 3,000 MB C: partition.
It's a good idea to keep ALL the program files and configuration files on C: but move the data files off C:
I used "TweakUI" to move "My Documents" to a new location on D: as shown below:
Do you notice I failed to locate it beneath "Moved"?
11-11-2005, 06:52 PM
I believe all EA games store data(saves, config etc.) in My Documents. At least all the EA games I have do. Some are very small, something like 50MB. But some like Tiger woods and Sims2 take up between 300-500MB each. :eek:
2GB C: drive is very small if you have XP. Not so bad if you have 98 ,but still smallish. I usually have 10-15GB for my system partition. Sometimes I think I should make it larger, maybe 20GB. I have to keep an eye on it because it seems little things get put on the C:drive that start filling it up over time.
If your using XP you can right click on the My Documents folder> properties> move button> and put them wherever you like. But first I usually make a new folder labeled "Doc's" or whatever on the drive you are going to move it to. If you don't you might end up with all the data just simply put in the root of the drive your it moving too.
This has happened to me once, but other times it just moves the folder over and labels it " 'user name' Documents". Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
11-13-2005, 06:23 PM
Thanks for the replies. My main limiting factor is I only have 40Gb total, so a 50/50 split would severly limit my capacity on my non Windows drive. I run ME so do not have quite the same needs as XP, but as I've said above, that is still causing concern. I was thinking of buying a new disk drive to start playing with Linux, but I think a new much larger drive is required for Windows and I can use the old 40Gb for Linux. I'll then reset the Windows partition to a larger size.
In the meantime, I'll try moving My Documents, though there may be an issue with the files Sims adds to my daughter's Profiles folder in the Windows folder.
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