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Installing On A Partition Hard Drive


This is probably a really simple question, but i have just bought a new laptop that has a 640 gb hard drive, partitioned into 4 separate drives. I have never used a pc with such a partition before. Both program files and program files (x86) are on the c:  drive, however, that drive is running out of space. How do i install new programs (games, etc. ), While utilizing the ample free space on the other drives? Can i just redirect the folders? Or is there a simpler solution?I'm fairly sure it's a simple question, but i have  no experience with partitioned hard drives.

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