How to Move Adobe Programs to Another Drive?

How to move Adobe programs to another drive? Refer to this post, you will learn a step-by-step tutorial to makeget it done safely and quickly. Besides, another way to increase C drive space is introduced.


By Hedy / Updated on May 12, 2023

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How do I install an Adobe program on a different drive?



A year or two ago, I installed a large SSD drive that I intended to hold all of my photography work and I installed Adobe programs (Creative Cloud, Lightroom & Photoshop cc) on that drive. Apparently, however, as updates came in these tools were installed to my smaller C drive when automatic updates occurred and now my C drive is frequently running out of space. So my first question is whether there is some way of teaching me how to move Adobe programs to another drive and my second question is whether the programs can run normally as before after movement."

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Can I move Adobe program files to another drive?

When using a computer, you may download a number of programs or applications to facilitate your work efficiency. For example, Adobe programs including Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Acrobat Pro, Adobe Express, etc help you complete graphic design, video editing, and so on. However, all Adobe programs are installed on C drive by default. As time goes by, they are constantly taking up the free space of C drive.

To avoid C drive full problem, some users plan to change the default store path while downloading and installing. But according to Adobe official statement, some Adobe programs are not allowed to change its default pace. That's why so many users turn to move Adobe Programs to another drive to the release the space.

However, programs do not move like you would copy a text file, if you don't adopt a reasonable method, you might fail to open and run them successfully after movement. Thus, the following content will focus on this issue to get rid of your confusion.

How to move Adobe programs to another drive?

As we can see, transferring Adobe programs to another drive requires careful attention and reliable approaches to protect these programs from being damaged. Out of the limit of Window built-in features like failure of changing store path, a relible alternative way is to use a third-party program mover like AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional which is designed for Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista users to solve various problems of disks and partitions.

Its "App Mover" function enables you to move programs, applications, folders, and any other you want to move from one drive to another no matter on the same disk or not. Also, the safety of these programs during the process will be well guaranteed so that you can use them as usual after movement.

Let's see how to move Adobe programs to another drive via this software.

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Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, go to "Free up" > "App Mover".


Step 2. In the pop-up window, choose the partition where Adobe programs are stored (here is C drive) and click "Next".


Step 3. In this window, all movable apps and programs on C drive will be listed. You can choose one or multiple Adobe programs that you want to move and select the destination partition ( like D drive). Then click "Move" to continue. 


Step 4. Read the warning that the running programs will be closed forcibly, and then click "OK". 


Step 5. Wait for a while, the movement will be done. Finally, click "Finish".  That's all steps about how do I move Adobe programs from C drive to D drive.


If the destination partition doesn't have enough free space to save the moved programs, you will receive a notification message. Please free space or extend the partition, then try again.
You are able to transfer Adobe programs to an external drive, but the moved programs have the risk of not being booted once the external drive loses connection with your computer.
If you move the programs that you don't want to change by accident, you are able to restore it by clicking "Mange/Restore Apps" at the bottom of interface.
To migrate Adobe programs to another drive in Windows Server 2022, 2019, 2016, 2016, 2012, or 2008, please try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server

Further reading: How to extend C drive effortlessly?

As we can see, moving programs to a different drive is a workable way to free up C drive, besides, you can delete large files on C drive or allocate free apace from another drive with enough free space to extend C drive, so that your computer can run in a better environment. This can also be realized by AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Let's have a look at the detailed steps.

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant, right-click the partition which has enough free space and select "Allocate Free Space". (Here we take D partition as an example.)


Step 2. In the pop-up window, you can decide how much space to be added to C drive, then, click "OK".


Step 3. You can take a preview of the operation result before starting. Click "Apply" to execute this operation. Then you will notice your C drive is larger than before.



How to move Adobe programs to another drive to release more free space in C drive? It's not hard to get it done with the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional which is always a handy tool when you encounter any problems of partitions and disks. If you download this software, apart from the features we mentioned above, you are able to experience more useful functions, for example, you can test the speed of hard drive, migrate OS to SSD, convert MBR to GPT without losing data and so on. 

Hedy · Staff Editor
Hedy is an editor of AOMEI Technology. She is very good at solving problems of partition management, and she wants to share all the problems she had already solved to users who met the same questions.