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I know this has been asked and discussed many times, but my forum search still doesn't seem to properly work, so I can't find anything.

 

As many here, I'm having space issues on my current pc. (500GB for both my OS and DCS ain't enough no more)

 

I was planning on getting this SSD

 

Can anyone tell me step by step (layman here), what I need to do to move my DCS install from it's current SSD to the new one? Or maybe point me out to a guide.

System specs:

 

i7-8700K @stock speed - GTX 1080TI @ stock speed - AsRock Extreme4 Z370 - 32GB DDR4 @3GHz- HP Reverb v2 - Saitek Pro pedals - TM Warthog HOTAS - TM F/A-18 Grip - TM Cougar HOTAS (NN-Dan mod) & (throttle standalone mod) - Pointctrl & aux banks <-- must have for VR users!! - Andre's SimShaker Jetpad - Fully adjustable DIY playseat - VA+VAICOM

 

~ No war today... the enemy just called in sick ~ GUMMBAH

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1 hour ago, Maggot said:

If you have space to keep the base game, it’s easy just to move the maps to another disk, using the windows command ”mklink /j”. The maps are what takes up most of the space. That’s how I do it at least.

Thanks Maggot. Sounds like an easy solution. Though, could you expand your method a little bit please?

 

I'm not familiar with using "mylink/j". In fact, I have no idea what it means 🤦‍♂️.

 

I assume this method won't cause issues when updating DCS (the DCS installer will look and install updates in the correct new folder?)

 

System specs:

 

i7-8700K @stock speed - GTX 1080TI @ stock speed - AsRock Extreme4 Z370 - 32GB DDR4 @3GHz- HP Reverb v2 - Saitek Pro pedals - TM Warthog HOTAS - TM F/A-18 Grip - TM Cougar HOTAS (NN-Dan mod) & (throttle standalone mod) - Pointctrl & aux banks <-- must have for VR users!! - Andre's SimShaker Jetpad - Fully adjustable DIY playseat - VA+VAICOM

 

~ No war today... the enemy just called in sick ~ GUMMBAH

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16 minutes ago, BitMaster said:

Hmm... I was kinda hoping this would be easier. Like cut and paste the whole install directory to the new location and then run repair or something..

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i7-8700K @stock speed - GTX 1080TI @ stock speed - AsRock Extreme4 Z370 - 32GB DDR4 @3GHz- HP Reverb v2 - Saitek Pro pedals - TM Warthog HOTAS - TM F/A-18 Grip - TM Cougar HOTAS (NN-Dan mod) & (throttle standalone mod) - Pointctrl & aux banks <-- must have for VR users!! - Andre's SimShaker Jetpad - Fully adjustable DIY playseat - VA+VAICOM

 

~ No war today... the enemy just called in sick ~ GUMMBAH

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I recently moved my complete DCS folder from one 256 GB SSD to a 512 GB one. If I remember correctly I just copy and pasted it, ran a repair and that´s it. The only thing that changed was the drive letter. What I have manually adapted were the shortcuts I have in the Windows Start menu. I did not delete the original DCS just to be on the safe side. I renamed it to be sure the copied DCS is now the one that runs and finally removed it when I was at the point I was sure it worked.

I guess above guide from Bitmaster shows you, how to link part of you installation to another drive. If you buy a new SSD and completely want to move it, you should not need it.

Xoxen

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2 hours ago, xoxen said:

I recently moved my complete DCS folder from one 256 GB SSD to a 512 GB one. If I remember correctly I just copy and pasted it, ran a repair and that´s it. The only thing that changed was the drive letter. What I have manually adapted were the shortcuts I have in the Windows Start menu. I did not delete the original DCS just to be on the safe side. I renamed it to be sure the copied DCS is now the one that runs and finally removed it when I was at the point I was sure it worked.

I guess above guide from Bitmaster shows you, how to link part of you installation to another drive. If you buy a new SSD and completely want to move it, you should not need it.

Xoxen

Thanks xoxen!

 

I rather have my DCS install all together on one drive, instead of "fragmented". But that's just a silly (no real reason) personal preference

 

Gonna try your method :thumbup:

System specs:

 

i7-8700K @stock speed - GTX 1080TI @ stock speed - AsRock Extreme4 Z370 - 32GB DDR4 @3GHz- HP Reverb v2 - Saitek Pro pedals - TM Warthog HOTAS - TM F/A-18 Grip - TM Cougar HOTAS (NN-Dan mod) & (throttle standalone mod) - Pointctrl & aux banks <-- must have for VR users!! - Andre's SimShaker Jetpad - Fully adjustable DIY playseat - VA+VAICOM

 

~ No war today... the enemy just called in sick ~ GUMMBAH

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The repair has to be started from the new drive, it must be in the folder where the dcs.exe is located.

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