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The best place to locate P3D

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Hey,

Where is the best place to locate the main P3d folder?

I have only one drive (only c)

so the Default place is  C:\Program Files (x86)\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v2 

what is better-

C:\Program Files (x86)\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v2 

-or-

C:\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v2 

-or-

C:\Prepar3D v2 

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Should work in any folder you listed, some add-ons don't like it being located under C:\Program Files (x86) because of security restriction associated with the folder.

 

Cheers, Rob.

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I'm a very strong advocate of short paths!

 

C:\Prepar3Dv2 would be my choice. Well, actually it really was my choice! :Big Grin:

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C:\uwe9r8v39457n3nu98wercutw9e4u5t943\o8resect934nc798untc9483unt93\r2x93764h928x7921ezn9ua89un\Prepar3Dv2

 

Give that one a shot.

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Leave it to install to the default location, and before installing addons set the required permissions...


P3DUsersGroup.jpg

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I always use C:\P3D, same for C:\FSX. Very convenient....

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I'm a very strong advocate of short paths!

 

C:\Prepar3Dv2 would be my choice. Well, actually it really was my choice! :Big Grin:

Is that your main Operating System FR Bill.   If so, do you have enough space to have all your Ad On's as well as your OS? 

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On a totally different physical, FAST drive than your boot directory. Mine....on an SSD I:\P3dV2

 

Chas

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I always use C:\P3D, same for C:\FSX. Very convenient....

 

C:\P3D - thats where mine goes

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Is that your main Operating System FR Bill.   If so, do you have enough space to have all your Ad On's as well as your OS? 

Elaine, I have a single 2TB HD in my sim machine, so there's plenty of room! :He He:

Edited by n4gix
Fixed boo-boo: 2GB to 2TB!

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Elaine, I have a single 2GB HD in my sim machine, so there's plenty of room! :He He:

 

I would love to fit my FSX/P3D in 2GB.  B)

 

I'm keeping both sims on a dedicated drive (X: association for fsX), old 120GB 7200rpm Toshiba. Still thinking that buying SSD just for sims isn't profitable for me. If I must siwtch to another HD, that would be some good 7200 again.

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I am just Remind that i have only one drive- C.

It means that my windows installed there, too.

Should my drive look like that?

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Leave it to install to the default location, and before installing addons set the required permissions...


P3DUsersGroup.jpg

 

It's just like installing it directly in C drive no?

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I have my OS on an SSD-drive (C:) and all my FS stuff ona a fast HDD (3 TB) as E;. P3D is installed in E:\P3D 25. Most photo.sceneries on a third fast HDD (3 TB) as F;

 

 

Jack

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Elaine, I have a single 2GB HD in my sim machine, so there's plenty of room! :He He:

 Oooh.  That sounds so much easier,  i went all out and got 4 drives each with there own specific job, OS, Sim drive, storage and so on 

 

Here comes the Newby Question:

 

By running your OS and flight Sim on the same drive, is it not very taxing for the drive. as in does it put the drive under a lot of pressure doing all them tasks together.   In my very amature way i thought to have dedicated drives to easy the traffic. 

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Ditto.

 

Ssd saves time when loading.

 

Also, with allot of 3rd party addons your install may grow larger than you think. If u have limited space initially, you can easily grow without having to fully reinstall. Just transfer files from old to new.

 

On a totally different physical, FAST drive than your boot directory. Mine....on an SSD I:\P3dV2

 

Chas

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Here comes the Newby Question:

 

By running your OS and flight Sim on the same drive, is it not very taxing for the drive. as in does it put the drive under a lot of pressure doing all them tasks together.   In my very amature way i thought to have dedicated drives to easy the traffic. 

 

Not an issue with the SSD. Technically could be an issue with an HDD especially if the OS gets busy doing background tasks. Then the heads are moving all over the place and this could affect performance, how much would depend on a lot of factors. Usually can show up as stutters when drive is busy.

 

Would your HDD dies sooner? Probably but so will your CPU when you overclock it.

Not really that big of a deal.

 

Vic

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Becomes more of an issue with SSD if you're recording 4K content and have a lot of 3rd party content ... need some fast SSDs and/or M.2 or NVMe SSDs dedicated.

 

P3D does A LOT of it's own scenery file disk trashing looking at files that seem completely unrelated to one's flight and location.  I hope LM optimize this in V3.0 as it's crazy how much file IO is currently happening in P3D when you start adding screnery, airports, and aircraft.

 

Cheers, Rob.

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I am just Remind that i have only one drive- C.

It means that my windows installed there, too.

Should my drive look like that?

 

It's just like installing it directly in C drive no?

 

Yes looks fine

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Not an issue with the SSD

Thank you, i understand  B)

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I would love to fit my FSX/P3D in 2GB.  B)

Oops! Fixed that boo-boo. It's 2TB of course! :blush:

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Should work in any folder you listed, some add-ons don't like it being located under C:\Program Files (x86) because of security restriction associated with the folder.

 

Cheers, Rob.

Leave it to install to the default location, and before installing addons set the required permissions...

(see image above)

SteveW,

What? I didn't understand

As Rob quite rightly points out, some addons install files in the simulator program files folder. If the simulator is installed in the default location, those files will be read-only. Some addons need to write to files located there when the sim is running.

 

When we log into Windows we become a member of the Users group.

 

If we only have a drive C, the easiest way to install P3D is to let it install where the manufacturer intended, which will be in the program files folder for security purposes.

 

However we want to ensure those addons can write to their files, so we very simply add Write and Modify permissions to the Users Group on the folder properties. See the image I posted above.

 

 

It's just like installing it directly in C drive no?

No. If we make a new folder for the installation, we find that inherits the permissions of the User (us), the Users group does not have access, we also add Write and Modify permissions for the Users group on that new folder. If we change users or create a new profile or log in from a network PC we can get problems leading to taking ownership, running as admin, etc.

 

In my very amature way i thought to have dedicated drives to easy the traffic.

Good idea, nothing wrong with that. Same goes for the folders we allocate on those drives, make sure they belong to the Users group by adding those permissions.

 

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On a totally different physical, FAST drive than your boot directory. Mine....on an SSD I:\P3dV2

 

Chas

 

Indeed. Same as the best place to locate FSX or any other sim:  On a totally, physically, different drive.  And if the SSD price is prohibitive for you get an HDD with as big a cache as you can afford. 

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