What do I do to change which drive downloads automatically go to?

By cdwright1 ·
I have a little Acer Aspire One netbook/notebook, whatever. I had issues with it's performance and ran the system/restore disks on it. I only downloaded a couple of programs I'd had before- nothing major, most went to memory card (D.).

I'm used to having between 12-20% free memory on my hard drive, but somehow I'm between 2-5%, with warnings every now and then of low virtual memory. Really, I've nothing to dump. My automatic updates are still trying to get my pc up to date (I re-booted 2 days ago) but I've stopped downloading/installing updates until I figure out how to redirect them.

I would then uninstall/reinstall everything to it's new location, thereby eliminating my memory issues...

Downloads: Advanced System Care, AVG Free, Free Iobit Uninstaller & its updates, Adobe reader 9 update, Advanced Searchbar, Divx player, MS net frameworks 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, MS visualc++ 2005 redistributable (for Divx),plus all the updates and hotfixes, with 41 more updates from Microsoft waiting to be downloaded before I'm up to date.

I could really use some good advice, and in layman's words, please, I'm still @ the intermediate level in pc jargon! Thank you, Cynthia W.

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Well first things first

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to What do I do to change wh ...

If you used the Restore Disc/s it should have returned the system to As New and you should have heaps of free space.

However what could have happened with the Recovery/Restore Set is that it created 2 partitions on the HDD and the Boot Partition is too small while the remainder of the drive isn't being reported as either another Partition or usable.

What you need to do here is to open the Drive Management and see if there is any remaining Unused Space on the HDD. if there is you can use something like GParted to reclaim the space on the Boot Partition


Or just Partition the remaining space into another Partition.

If all of the drive is being used it most likely has a lot of space taken up with OS Created Temp Files that you can delete with utilities like Crap Cleaner


Both of the above are free utilities to download and use and if they do not cure the current problem post back and we'll see where we can go from there.


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Downloads should not automatically go anywhere.

by seanferd In reply to What do I do to change wh ...

You should be able to choose which directory any download goes to, via the save file dialog box.

As far as automatic updates to applications or the OS, they pretty much have to go where the application is. Turn off automatic updates and download everything manually if you want it elsewhere. But they all need to be installed where the applications are installed in the end. You can ditch the setup files after installing.

Any redirection for automatic updates would have to be configured with the program which is pulling the automatic updates for itself, if that option is available at all.

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