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Can I have x-plane on C-drive and extra scenery and planes on E-drive and have it run the extra stuff from the E-drive.

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Hi jsned1,

I am not from Laminar Research; just a flight simmer from downunder.

X-Plane 10 or X-Plane 11 is unlike any other shoot-em-up games or flight sim packages whereby their files are spread over a particular location and through your operating system files.

X-Plane 11 has been designed so that it installs into a dedicated directory either on the desktop, your C:\... drive or a dedicated directory of your choice.

Having said all of the above, you will be splitting your files and I am of the opinion it won't work at all.  The files will not be in the one directory as X-Plane is designed.  This is one of the benefits of X-Plane as you can very quickly move the "whole x-plane directory" from one computer to another without having to perform a reinstall process. .

My system is  designed and set up so that I have my SSD  C:\... drive, of smallest capacity (125 Gb), setup for my operating system and other necessary files, another dedicated SSD drive just for X-Plane 10 (250 Gb), another SSD drive for X-Plane 11 (500Gb) and a 2TB Hard drive as my Hangar drive with all of my X-Plane drives and other stuff backed up in the event of a crash.

Laminar Research recommends X-Plane be installed on the desktop.  However you are not compelled to do so.  The recommendation is there so that some flight simmers have an easy access to the X-Plane directory instead of trying to find out where the files are installed.  Serious flight simmers diverge away from the LR recommendation and install onto a dedicated drive.

In asking your question you hinted that your E:\ drive is sufficient capacity to enable X-Plane to be installed on that drive.  The files you plan to place on the E:\ drive already consume the greatest capacity of your X-Plane installation.

I would suggest the following:-

1.  Install your operating system and other necessary files on your C:\ drive; and

2.  Install X-Plane onto your E;\ drive.  If you already have files on that drive make sure you have a dedicated directory just for X-Plane.

In short, what I am saying is don't split your X-Plane files away from the standalone X-Plane directory.  If not convinced of my advice then try your proposal.  Make sure you have a good backup strategy.

Good luck

commented ago by (12 points)
Glenn thanks for the reply. I didn't think it would work but I didn't want to have to down load it again. I have a 2 TB Hard drive with just about nothing in it (New Computer) so I guess I'll delete this one and redownload to that one. Once again thank for your help.

  Have a good day.

commented ago by (4.3k points)

Have you already saved the download?  If so the just install the download onto your new PC.

Also, as an alternative, copy your existing installation onto a USB drive of sufficient capacity and then paste the USB  X-Plane files onto your new  2TB drive.

When operational make sure you backup your installation in the event you have a crash of the    X-Plane drive.

Good luck


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