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Custom install - for a tech numpty (all techie bods and sage techy bods - please help)


Hi guys and gals

I have sage Pro set up in my C drive, my programs - where the software tends to direct itself when you load a disc.

I now have two later versions of sage that I wish to install.

Some of you will be aware that if you attempt to remove sage and re-install then a very small bit of the old sage lurks and can then cause issues with the new. Apparently the way round it is to custom install and point the installation at some other part of the computer so the three different sage's can sit completely independently of each other.

My c drive is the usual drive on my PC. I also have a solid state drive (my 'i drive') and would like one to be plonked in there. But where for third disc? Can I add that to my idrive as well (worth mentioning here, possibly that there is more memory or whatever its called, on my solid state drive ie the 'I')

As you can see from my initial attempt at descriptions and waffle I have no scoobie as to what Im talking about, so wondering if someone can help in providing a complete idiots guide.

Muchas gracias in advance



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Hi Joanne

Sorry I am no use at all with what you are asking, I am useless with any computer stuff and usually need my 13yr old to show me, but I would like to say that I reckon this is the best named post of 2018 so far

Custom install - for a tech numpty (all techie bods and sage techy bods - please help)

Made me giggle



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Apparently you can partition a hard drive - maybe this might help? ( The link is for Windows 10) https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-partition-a-hard-drive-2626081

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I've never had to bother installing multiple copies of Sage, so despite being a bit of a techy geek, I can't give a definitive answer - and it's a long time since I installed my current version, so can't remember the normal procedure - BUT:

I would imagine the key points are to tell Sage:

a) Where to install the program itself
b) Where the data files are to be found

I think Sage has a fairly customary installation option, where it asks if you want to go for a simple/standard installation, or you if you want to customise it.

If so the customise option will almost certainly allow you to choose where the data files (i.e. the actual accounts data) are to be found - and *possibly* before that, it might ask you where you want to install the program itself.

If that's all there is to it, then you simply need to ensure the program files are in a different place to the normal stuff - eg, on this computer, the program is in C:\Program Files (x86)\Sage\ - so you could tell it to install in a slightly different subdirectory - instead of \Sage\ perhaps make it \Sage version_number\ or \Sage client_name\ or whatever.

Similar with the data files - it'll probably default to offering the current location. If so you just need to specify a different one.

You shouldn't have to worry about using different drives, or messing around with partitioning - although using a different drive is probably worthwhile if it's underused and your primary drive is overused, which does tend to be the Windows' way.

It goes without saying, but I'll still go right ahead and say it - do back things up before trying anything.


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Hi Doug - glad I brought a smile.

Hi Janet - see comments to Vince. Thanks for the link. I havent moved to dodgy Win10 yet (phew!)

Hi Vince
Tackling Janet's point earlier andyour comments on teh same subject - I had considered partioning but did think - surely I wouldnt need to go to such bother, especially as I had a conversation with someone in the dark distant past which only revolved around 'its a custom install and easy'. More than that, as you can see, I had no clue.

'Sub-directory' was the missing word I needed by the sounds of it and that sort of rings a bell. Ive just sort of tested loading Quick Books on to my SS drive, although I did get a 'script' error - not investigated yet and I think its more to do with Quick books than anything as I think Ive seen that on an old one (and more to the point I ran out of time - I should know never ever to do such things when 5 minutes later I need to leave the house!)

You hit the nail on the head - one reason for a different drive (SS in my case) is that the primary drive is overused and the SS under! But certainly if I can direct both the new ones to that drive, in different directories that would be the best option. My wariness is still in the this once you have done, you cant get rid of it all. Ah but think Ive just had a light bulb moment - when you say back up - you mean my PC so then I can do a restore? (rather than sage that I thought you meant in the first instance! (Doh)

Thank you Vince!biggrin



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Yes, that's what I meant by back up - the PC rather than Sage.

You can probably get away with just making sure there's a restore point before you start the second (and then third) installation - if it goes wrong, just set your PC back to the restore point. However, I'd be inclined to make sure everything is backed up, just in case, especially if you're venturing into what you consider to be "Here be dragons" territory.


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Hi Joanne

Vince has given you a good guide on what you need to do but if you do get stuck, give me a shout and I'll be happy to help.



-- Edited by Leger on Wednesday 14th of February 2018 09:17:24 PM

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Thanks Vince.

Thank you John, I might be giving you a shout when I'm brave enough to try it!

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