Applications / Programs

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mariner19, Jun 11, 2019 at 2:38 PM.

  1. Mariner19 macrumors newbie

    Mariner19

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    #1
    I have never attempted this, but can Applications / Programs such as MS Office & Adobie CS5 be kept on a separate HDD instead of the OS HDD? Might be a dumb question, but I have to ask. lol
     
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    Nermal

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    All well-written apps can be run from any drive. A handful of apps - and Microsoft and Adobe are sometimes guilty of this - will only run from the drive that they were first "installed" to.
     
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  4. Longkeg macrumors 6502

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    Though the app/program might run from a different drive keep in mind that the first time it was launched it probably wrote preference files and other “under the hood” stuff back to various places on the main drive. Not a big issue. If you plug the drive into a different computer to use the app you may find that any customization you did on the original machine won’t be there. It will behave like a newly installed app.
     

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