Want to install Camtasia trial to D: drive (internal hard drive) as my SSD is small and full

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Query from a non technical person!

I'd like to try out Camtasia but it keeps trying to install to my full SSD (C:), even if I try to point the folder to D:

Help please!
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Ed Covney

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David - Before quitting on your C:\, have you done a "Disk Cleanup".  (Works with Windows 7 and later).
If your Windows is up-to-date then, when the first Disk Cleanup windows appears, click on the Clean up system files, on the bottom left.
Also, it would be nice in the future, if you give some specifics:
  - Windows version (mine is Win 10 version 1809 (OS build 17763.379)
     You should also verrifythere are NO wiindows updates in the queue before a disk clean up.
  - C:\ size and how much head room (free space)
  - Are C:\ and D:\ both SSDs?
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There's something that you should check out with your C:\ drive as well, which unfortunately Disk Cleanup won't touch (even if you select the {System Files] button), and it's this. The Temp folder for your system will almost certainly be C:\Windows\Temp.

In Windows 10 at least if you look at that folder and have never gone into it, Windows will assure you that there is nothing in there.  You need to force your way in by double clicking on it and telling Windows to grant you permission. What you will find inside may vary. In my case it was literally gigabytes of log files for Windows "Apps" files that were failing to install. Hundreds of megabytes worth of logs were being generated every few minutes in some cases.

Another thing to look at is your AppData directory. (Open File Explorer and type %AppData% in the address bar.) Again Disk Cleanup won't normally touch this, and nor should you unless you know what you're doing.... with one exception. The exception is if you are subscribed to Adobe Creative Cloud.

It is awful at cleaning up after itself after an upgrade, even if you tell it to get rid of the older version. It will usually leave folders of application data from previous versions in place. In the case of Adobe Bridge, for example, this can run to many gigabytes of old cached data. On the system that I'm looking at at the moment I have folders for both Photoshop and Bridge 2018 AND 2019,  even though the former version no longer exists on my computer.  After an upgrade has proven itself I generally go and clean out the folders in the Adobe folder which relate to old versions.

As a rule of thumb if you have less than 10% free space on your C:\ drive you're likely to start encountering some Windows Weirdness, so sometimes it's worth getting more aggressive about housekeeping.