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    Best way to shift install onto another drive?

    I just bought myself an SSD and was wondering what would be the quickest way to migrate my A2/OA/BAF/PMC install from my HDD onto my SSD.
    Any ideas?

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    It's fairly easy. You basically need to do two things:

    1. Move the Arma2 directory to the new location.
    2. Point all Arma2 registry paths to the new location.

    If you have used the registry editor before, the whole process should be trivial. Check if the following registry keys exist:

    - HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Bohemia Interactive
    - HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Bohemia Interactive Studio
    - HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Bohemia Interactive
    - HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Bohemia Interactive Studio

    If you are using a 64bit operating system, I would also recommend checking under the Software\Wow6432Node keys. Wherever you find a Bohemia key, check it for sub-keys related to Arma2, and wherever you find a value pointing to the old directory, change it to point to the new one.

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    you can also just copy the AddOns folder to the new drive (lets say it's D) and start arma with -mod=D:\ added to the shortcut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadDogX View Post
    It's fairly easy. You basically need to do two things:

    1. Move the Arma2 directory to the new location.
    2. Point all Arma2 registry paths to the new location.
    A way without registry editor:

    Install ArmA2 and OA to your SSD.
    Don´t apply patches.
    Copy your old installation to SSD and overwrite everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Burns View Post
    A way without registry editor:

    Install ArmA2 and OA to your SSD.
    Don´t apply patches.
    Copy your old installation to SSD and overwrite everything.
    Yeah if you aren't comfortable editting the registry, this way is the best. Registry + Copypasta way is faster though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Burns View Post
    A way without registry editor:

    Install ArmA2 and OA to your SSD.
    Don´t apply patches.
    Copy your old installation to SSD and overwrite everything.
    Sorry to almost necro this thread.

    Will this work if I want to transfer my current Arma2 installation from my almost dead computer to a new shiny one with SSD?

    ie
    Install Arma2 and OA on my new computer
    Put drive from old computer in, copy all Arma files over
    Retire old computer for parts -> no I don't plan on having 2 installations

    I have PMC as well, do I need to do anything for that?

    Thanks in advance

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    I've tried this in the past - I used to be able to do it for OFP installs, but you'd need to doctor a few registry entries. I don't think I had any luck with A1 or A2.

    The DLCs are all pretty much just PBO files, so you can copy them straight, however for A2 and OA, I would be thinking that a fresh install be in order just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CameronMcDonald View Post
    I've tried this in the past - I used to be able to do it for OFP installs, but you'd need to doctor a few registry entries. I don't think I had any luck with A1 or A2.

    The DLCs are all pretty much just PBO files, so you can copy them straight, however for A2 and OA, I would be thinking that a fresh install be in order just in case.
    Thanks for the prompt answer, but sorry, I'm still confused CMcD. So a fresh install of A2 and OA followed by an overwrite of the new Arma2 installation with my old one should work without registry fiddling?

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    If you dont want to do a fresh install you can just use steam mover, just goggle and download it. Change the directory and point it to your SSD.

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