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I have the same problem, and my discussions with Adobe were not as helpful
as I'd like.
What I've found out is that Adobe MUST establish entries on your C:/ drive -
that's the way the software is written. However, you can put your book
files on another drive - internal or external - during the installation
If you feel comfortable with file manipulation, I'd suggest making copies of
your ebook files to a separate folder on your external drive. They're
located inside the Adobe Digital Editions folder and/or your My Digital
Editions if you have one. Don't name the temporary
folder either of these two names. Then, you can uninstall ADE, using their
uninstaller or the Windows 'Add/Remove Programs' function you find shown on
the Control Panel if you're comfortable doing that.
Once you've finished the uninstall, EMPTY THE TRASH FOLDER - because ADE
will look for certain files when you reinstall it and if it finds them in
the Trash Folder, it will use those files. During the installation, you can
point ADE to the external drive, and it will install a folder 'Adobe Digital
Editions' there to contain your books and other files.
When you activate ADE, you can use the Library function to add books to your
library. When you click on the drop-down box in Library view, it has an
entry to add items to your library. You can browse locations, so you can
specify your temporary folder as a source, then click on your books, and
you're back in business. You do have to do them one at a time, though, so I
hope the number is relatively small. When you're done, you can delete the
After you reinstall ADE, you will have to get it to recognize your ereader
again. If you need help with this, let the forum know, and we'll be glad to
walk you through the process.
Hope this helps!
Thank you, I don't have time today, but will be tryin' this
soon.......I'll let you know if I
'stubb my toe', thanks again...................T
That's a bit heavyweight on the process....
I would suggest either:
1.) On Windows move your My Documents directory. There is a process for this other than just file copy (some setting dialog somewhere - I'm not normally a Windows user, so I can't help there). If you move the whole My Document directory correctly, the My Digital Editions folder will go with it.
The down sides to this are that if you get the settings wrong, ADE will be in a horribly confused state, and may cease to work at all. Uninstall/Reinstall will not help here at all. (BTW Uninstall/Reinstall of ADE rarely helps anyway, since all the uninstall does is to just remove the executable, which is rarely part of the problem).
2.) Move all of your books. Go to the My Document/My Digital Editions
a.) Copy all of the PDF and ePub files to your external disk in a folder for them
b.) In ADE, select all of the files and delete them
c.) Then in ADE select Library->Add To Library, navigate to the folder, and select all of your books.
The down sides to this are:
1.) You lose information (if you had them organized in bookshelves you will need to redo that)
2.) All new purchases through ADE will go into your my documents directory and you will have to move the manually after the fact.
Jim, thanks for validating a portion of my answer.
To clarify for Windows users: if you move your 'My Documents' folder to
another drive, you risk having big problems with other applications that
utilize the folder. And, if you are running Windows XP, the software will
recreate a My Documents folder on the C:\ drive. That can cause more
confusion, especially if someone is working with multiple applications that
use My Documents as the storage location for files (such as word processors
or spreadsheet programs).
When someone reinstalls ADE, the software does ask where to locate the book
and documents, and thus a reinstallation resets the pointers within ADE
without confusing the software. That is important, as you point out,
because it avoids having to do anything else after you've moved everything.
It is STILL a significant point that ADE should ask the user where to
install the software so that those of us who want the whole enchillada to be
located somewhere other than C: can do so!!!! If that were the case, then
we wouldn't be talking about this, would we?