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New Here ,
Nov 23, 2016

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Can I download the Adobe Creative Cloud applications on my external drive instead of in the desktop?

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Most Valuable Participant , Dec 13, 2017
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Absurd? Not at all. Please give examples of any other major software vendors that do this with their installed desktop products.By default, your Creative Cloud apps are installed in the Program Files folder (Windows) or the Applications folder (Mac OS).It is possible to change the default install location, although it is not recommended. Open the Creative Cloud desktop app and click the gear icon at the top right of the window. Choose Preferences > Apps > Install location > Change. Navigate to t...

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Nov 23, 2016

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As far as I know, the Adobe installer will not (and rightly so!) allow installs to a drive that may be disconnected, since doing such could lead to drastic effects on the operating system

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New Here ,
Dec 13, 2017

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Could use a bit more information here... There is no reason the bulk CC application files shouldn't be able to be installed on an external drive. Adobe CC itself should be installed locally and the apps should have the capability to be installed on an external drive - this would allow Adobe users to be able to move from one computer to another perhaps one that is on a metered connection with updated applications - it is absurd to think they dont support this.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Dec 13, 2017

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Absurd? Not at all. Please give examples of any other major software vendors that do this with their installed desktop products.

By default, your Creative Cloud apps are installed in the Program Files folder (Windows) or the Applications folder (Mac OS).

It is possible to change the default install location, although it is not recommended. Open the Creative Cloud desktop app and click the gear icon at the top right of the window. Choose Preferences > Apps > Install location > Change. Navigate to the desired location and click Open. Your new install location appears in the menu.

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Dec 13, 2017

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Installing a program in Windows (I don't do Mac) makes many entries in the system registry file... as well as putting hidden registration files on the system drive so the programs know they are legal and may be used

Moving an external drive to another computer will A break the system registry and B not allow the programs to know they are legal

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New Here ,
Jun 18, 2019

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Thank you for that explanation.  That makes sense.  Its a bummer....but

makes sense

With Gratitude,

Miika L. Duran

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New Here ,
Jun 16, 2019

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Im no expert, and believe me....I have been playing with all Adobe products for 20 years and I would still call myself a beginer/intermediate.  BUT, I am having the same issue.  I would love to be able to (and if I am using the wrong geek terminology....forgive me) run my photoshop directely from an external hard drive because i only have a chrome book currently ( i spilled milk on my Mac....ugg).  I get it...if you can do this then that also means the program{s} can be pirated...right?  But with technology these days it seems they should have SOME source of validation for those of us who PAY for it (and currently cant use it). 

But I think everyone above is correct.  You can down load the files on an external hard drive and move them wherever you want.  You just cant LAUNCH the program from the external drive.....isn't that correct???

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New Here ,
Jun 24, 2020

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Well Guys i read what you had to say. I agreewith @miikad33. But any ways i triesd and the message was "unable to store at this location". 

 

 

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New Here ,
Sep 19, 2020

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I tried the steps " Open the Creative Cloud desktop app and click the gear icon at the top right of the window. Choose Preferences > Apps > Install location > Change." but it was failing as Adobe CC couldn't write to the external hard drive. Switching back to the default location "/Applications" worked. So I tried to mimic the file permissions of "/Applications" folder to the location in which I want to install in the external hdd and it worked. 

All I did is ->

From Finder Window navigate to the location where we have to install our application in external HDD.

Right click on the folder and click on 'Get Info'

Under 'Sharing and Permissions': Click on '+' while holding 'opt' key, which opens a popup window.

Search "system" and select "System Administrator" here and click ok.

Change file permission for System Administrator to 'Read & Write'

I have tried to install the applications now and they were successfully installed to my external HDD.

Hope this helps anyone facing the error.

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New Here ,
Sep 26, 2020

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I tried the same on macOS 10.15.6, even renaming the folder to 'Applications', but it doesn't work. I'm using a Samsung T5 external SSD.

However, you can simply move the files from the internat to the external disc and that works fine. The Creative Cloud app then doesn't recognize your versions anymore, so updating should be done manually.

Because disc space on Macbooks is limited and expensive, and I have my files on external discs anyway, it makes sense to also run the programs from those discs. Lightroom runs just as fast/slow as ever.

 

I honestly hate the whole Adobe ecosystem that does everything different (even running apps full screen is not as it should be), but it's difficult to get out of it.

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New Here ,
Dec 16, 2020

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So you can install and run the software off of a external drive, entirely.?!

I have not used Adobe since it changed to SAAS.  Although I have worked out the budgeting to move back to Adobe.  I was going to start with the monthly trial for Adobe Creative Cloud.  I just want to confirm that if I follow these instructions, I can have a fully functioning Adobe Creative Cloud on a external harddrive!?  I really would like to move in this direction, so that I can move from my Desktop to my Laptop, at will...  And work away from home.

Will I run in to any problems when it comes time to purchase the product?

Does anyone know of unforseen issues?

I really like doing things the right way, the first time, I have found it saves a TON of time and hassle.

Thanks In Advance.

Wade

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New Here ,
Dec 16, 2020

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I don't know about "fully functioning". The Adobe CC app for instance cannot "see" let alone update my Lightroom and Illustrator apps that are on an external SSD, simply because my macbook's hard disk is so full I need to remove programs to even be able to update the OS. Imagine you would like to install every single Adobe CC app in your license... that would be very bad news for you wallet if you have to by Apple flaboured internal memory, yet it's quite easy and works fast enough from the external SSD over USB-C. I must say that I run Lightroom in terribly low resolution (which only affects the interface), because on a 4K display it just wears out the processor. I can't really see why that would be be related to the external SSD, after the initial loading of the app in the RAM - which actually goes smooth.

Sorry I can't be more precise. Perhaps some functions that go with the CC app, like cloud storage and downloads, don't work, I haven't tried or needed that thus far. I also don't like too many apps running in the background, certainly not when they take the liberty of randomly creating folders on your computer. In general, if you can steer away from subscription software, do that. In my view, Capture One has an amazing workflow and really good default processing, yet it's only half the price of a full year of CC - albeit for just one program, but a very good one and you have it forever. Which means three to four years, after which the OS updates will render it obsolete.

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New Here ,
Feb 07, 2021

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Three questions here...

1) Why is it not recommnded? 

2) Why would it be absurd to have a core install on an OS drive and then have the Adobe apps themselves on a separate drive or partition? 

3) Why would it even be impossible to have the whole setup on a different partition/drive? I have used a few SDKs that allow you to run everything from any partition you want and they are HIGHLY proprietary. It's not impossible to do this by any stretch, especially when the majority of registration is done through the cloud.

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