I have ADE installed on a netbook [an Acer with a relatively tiny hard drive] and I have found that since I started downloading my ebooks to it the performance on the computer [not surprisingly] has become rather slow. The obvious solution to me would be to transfer all my current ebooks and download all future acquisitions to a 500 GB external hard drive. However, I haven't been able to figure out 1) whether this is even possible or 2) how to go about it if it is indeed possible. Given some of the [IMO ridiculous] restrictions placed on ADE readable ebooks, and some of the horror stories I've seen online, I have been reluctant to experiment, lest my currently perfectly accessible ebooks somehow become permanently off-limits and thereby unreadable.
Is there some solution to my problem? I have considered:
- simple transfer of my current ebook file folder to the relevant external hard drive [ but have been unable to figure out how to "point" ADE to that location so the ebooks can be read]
- transfer of both ADE and all ebooks to the relevant external hard drive [but am not sure if ADE will work if it's not resident on the main hard drive; additionally can see problems with my authorization if I just pick up everything via cut / past - would it screw up my authorization?]
I'd really like a way to free up the GBs of hard drive space which I used to be able to use for cache purposes but which are now clogged up by these ADE-required files.
TIA for any help.
My 'handle' is a result of similar "frustration". I also happen to use an
Acer laptop built in the mid-'90's.
ADE was built in the 1990's, with a design approach that is a bit obsolete
today. So, the product has some limitations. First, and probably worst,
is that it makes you use your C:\ drive for critical files and the My
Digital Editions folder, which manages the ebooks.
You can have ebooks located elsewhere. Just download the ebook to
a location, then open ADE and use the 'Add Item To Library' function. That
process allows you to tell ADE where the ebook is located.
[BTW: my local computer guru was able to upgrade the hard drive on my Acer
to 100Gb. That solved many, many problems.]