Install [not Download] to External Hard Drive

New Here ,
Mar 19, 2017 Mar 19, 2017

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I would like to put my photography apps on an external hard drive to free up space on my desk top hard drive.  How can I install [not download] the apps (Photoshop and Lightroom) to the external drive?

 

[Words edited to actual meaning... Moderator]

[Download is to copy from a web site to a computer]

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New Here , Jul 22, 2018 Jul 22, 2018
Agreed.  I haven't downloaded/installed adobe programs on anything other than my external hard drive for the entire time I've had Adobe CC.  Not sure why people say you can't. Just go to your creative cloud program, preferences, creative cloud, then under apps you'll see install location.  Click to change.  Set as a folder within your external hard drive.  Works for me.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 19, 2017 Mar 19, 2017

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Adobe programs will NOT install to an external drive... as is PROPER because when you remove a drive you have just destroyed the links to your operating system

Move data files to an external drive to free up space

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 29, 2018 Apr 29, 2018

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I am not sure the OP mentioned installing. Maybe he meant just downloading.

Also I think you can install Adobe products on an external drive, yes of course they will stop working when the drive is removed or when it is plugged back and the letter changes (in Windows). However it has to be seen if the installer allows this to happen at all.

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New Here ,
Jul 22, 2018 Jul 22, 2018

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Agreed.  I haven't downloaded/installed adobe programs on anything other than my external hard drive for the entire time I've had Adobe CC.  Not sure why people say you can't.
Just go to your creative cloud program, preferences, creative cloud, then under apps you'll see install location.  Click to change.  Set as a folder within your external hard drive.  Works for me.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 07, 2020 Jul 07, 2020

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Hello,

I know this was written awhile ago but for me when I change the location of my apps to my external drive it keeps installing in the Applications folder (on Mac). I have contacted Adobe and they said that it wasn't possible to install on an external drive. How did you install it on there? Thanks.

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New Here ,
Oct 27, 2020 Oct 27, 2020

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Hi there! I have a Macbook Air and I was able to change the location of where I could install Photoshop to my external hard drive. I went to the Creative Cloud App, clicked on top left settings, preferences, apps, install location, and I added a folder called "Photoshop" in my external hard drive for my installation location. I think creating the folder in your external hard drive is key as it wouldn't let me change the installation location until i did that. Hope this helps!

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New Here ,
Jan 10, 2021 Jan 10, 2021

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Can confirm that the aforementioned method works. THANK YOU

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New Here ,
Apr 07, 2021 Apr 07, 2021

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its one of those things that too simple to work but it did! Thanks 

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New Here ,
May 04, 2021 May 04, 2021

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Hi there! I used the aforementioned method to successfully install Photoshop onto my external harddrive! I was wondering if anyone knows what happens to links and such when you disconnect your harddrive and reconnect it to the same computer? Are all the links missing or do they find themselves again? Do you all save your links onto the harddrive? 

 

Thanks so much, this has been a life and space saver!!

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LEGEND ,
May 04, 2021 May 04, 2021

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Leedan, Mac or Windows?

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New Here ,
May 04, 2021 May 04, 2021

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Mac!

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New Here ,
Jun 09, 2021 Jun 09, 2021

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I am wondering this too. I don't have much space on my mac, and keep deleting apps and files left and right. I bought an external HDD, but have heard that an SSD might work faster. As an architect student, I need a lot of heavy softwares, and have heard that people have been able to download stuff through external SSDs, I just need to know if I'll have an issue in the case off needing to eject the the SSD.

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(...) and have heard that people have been able to download stuff through external SSD (...)


By @jrami302

DOWNLOADING has never been a problem. Installing the apps on the external disk is not recommended, as it may break the OS. I know that some laptops come with tiny SSD boot disks, I, personally, would not buy such a device if I intend doing more than office work.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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New Here ,
Jun 19, 2021 Jun 19, 2021

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this. does not. work. It has never worked. what are you even talking about? whenever you switch to an removable/external drive it tells you "no." because it destroys the desktop icons and taskbar links, which is a small price to pay to be able to download the app.

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this. does not. work. It has never worked. what are you even talking about? whenever you switch to an removable/external drive it tells you "no." because it destroys the desktop icons and taskbar links, which is a small price to pay to be able to download the app.


By @TheWhillieHotDog5F98

Who are you talking to? People here confirmed that it works.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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