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the core XP folder.  I decided to make some room on one of my SSD drives and by just dragging and droping the XP10 main folder to a new drive I picked up 80 Gigs worth of space with ease.

 

Not having XP10 linked to the registry is really an underappreciated benefit IMO. I used to loath the thought of a system build/ rebuild and if I'm not mistaken XP makes it as easy as moving your files to an External HD building or buying a new PC and then dragging it back onto your main file system.  That's pretty sweet!

 

Yeah I know you can use imaging tools like Norton Ghost etc. to basically achieve the same using other sims but I think it's great that I don't have to with XP.  :good:

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X-Plane's awesomeness goes beyond this, though. Since v10, you can use Symlinks (symbolic links) to create directories outside of your X-Plane folder, that show up like short cuts (sort of) inside your X-Plane directory.  

 

I use this to, for instance, store my less-used scenery files on an external drive, and symlink them into my X-Plane main folder on the SSD drive, so that I have them if I need them, but they don't take up my SSD's precious space.  Or, for instance, you can symlink the X-Plane 9 aircraft directory, so that you can access the planes in the old version of X-Plane without having to copy them over to X-Plane 10's folder for use.

 

Symbolic link tool for Windows:  http://code.google.com/p/symlinker/

 

Symbolic link tool for Mac:  https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/41493/symlinker

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Symlinking is also very useful for creating near-copies of the XPX folder, if you have the horsepower to launch 2 or even 3 instances on the same machine to fly multi-screen without the horrendous stretching at the outer edges.

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One odd consequence of being able to keep moving the same simulator around from different HDs to PCs is that you can end up with a bunch of accumulated junk in your plugins folder. 

 

This recently happened to me, so just remember to keep it clean, filled with only what you need.  I got like an 8% performance boost after cleaning mine out.

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