Seeing as I could not find any solutions to the problem of installing CC Apps on a removable drive, I'm going to share my own in case others find it helpful. In my setup, I have a 128gb external SD card in a tablet with only 32gb preinstalled. Adobe Creative Cloud manager would not let me install any programs to the SD Card (my 😧 drive) because it is a removable disk.
My fix involves simply mounting the external drive in an empty folder on the C: drive, so that creative cloud is unaware of the true path of the drive.
Right click on the windows menu and choose disk management.
Right click on the partition you want to install Adobe CC applications to.
Select "Change Drive Letters and Paths..."
Point to an empty NTFS folder on the C drive that you would like to use as your mount point. Myself, I used "C:\ExtSD"
Now you can select a folder on your external drive through the mount point on your C: drive, which to Adobe, simply looks like a folder.
I used "C:\ExtSD\Program Files\Adobe"
Everything installs beautifully now!
Sending a thank you for this easy trick.
Glad it helped !
this didn't work for me. It said that it can't install onto network drives.
I have tried this, but it didn't work as advertised for me. Adobe Illustrator thought it was going onto a network drive when I applied the above solution. I tried it several different ways.
I came up with a solution using Junction Links. My solution seems to put all of Creative Cloud on the MicroSD card. No guarantees, but check it out. How to install Adobe CC Applications on a Different Tablet Drive MicroSD – Chad Bremmon
I tried this but the installer would not let me change the location that CC would install to C:Program Files/Adobe was defaulted and greyed out. Is there a way to change the location?
So this is how you can do it. You still have to mount your sd card as a link/mount point to a folder on your C: drive (say C:\SD). That's a start. Then you have to change the default installation directory to C:\SD\Program Files and C:\SD\Program Files (x86) using the methods described here:
Some warnings - installs will hang at 89% for some reason, you just have to wait it out. The hangs would be around half an hour for me on my Microsoft Go. Also, this method won't work for Animate - you need to install to your actual hard drive or you'll get messages about the templates being corrupt.
Alright, I've got a new method that is A LOT simpler. Pop in a big micro sd card, the bigger the better. Right click on the Windows Start icon and select "Disk Management". Select "Action > Create VHD". Create a suitably large VHD on your micro sd card. After this is complete, and it takes a while, look in the disk list in the bottom pane. Initialize the new disk. Format the new disk as NTFS. Go to your sd card and double click the new VHD to mount it if it isn't mounted yet. Open up Adobe Creative Cloud. Click on the gear icon in the upper right. Select Apps in the left panel. Change your install location to the VHD. That's it, that's all you have to do. You'll have to re-mount the VHD on startup but that's a lot fewer hoops to run and everything seems to work.
This still works perfectly, thanks so much!
Hey, I tried this out. I do not really know much about these things, so hope I did it correctly though, it seems it worked for other people.
The file 'C:\ExtSD' is an empty file you created right? Because there was no file like that that exists on my computer, so I had to create a new empty file.
Anyway I did everthying following that assumption and changed the preferences in creative cloud, to change the install location. The install location then became 'C:\ExtSD' I am still very confused lol.
After doing all that, it still failed to download and said 'unable to install on a network drive'.
Please send helpppp! THANK YOU 🙂
I happened to be get a new low end device and my method no longer works. I guess someone at Adobe must read the message boards. They must for some reason really want you to not install it on an SD Card.
Thanks for responding.
Dont know what to do now, I've got no space on my laptop and I really need inDesign to complete my project.
It worked! Awesome 🙂
Works great. Thank you!