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How do I extract an HP driver file?

I have just downloaded the latest drivers for an HP scanner from their website and it is packaged as a 235MB ZIP file.  When you double click on the file it wants to extract itself to my C drive but the C Drive is an internal zip disk that is only 100MB.  My main hard drive has been assigned as F by Windows XP.

I seem to have no way of changing the way the exe file supplied by HP tries to unzip itself but I need it to unzip to F and not C

Does anyone have any ideas?
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Prester JohnCommented:
Let it extract to your C: & then move it to your F: if you need to.
Type this:
subst c: f:\
Extract the file. After the extraction is finished, type:
subst c: /d
And you'll have it on drive F.
zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
or change your main drive to C in XP.
you can do this in Computer Management (control panel->admin tools).  go to the disk manager and right click on your main hard drive.  select change drive letter.

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DONT CHANGE THAT DRIVE LETTER unless you want to reinstall all programs and bootups are looking to f: to start if you reassign that drive you sill not be able to boot up without a reinstall.
I have to disagree with that. You should NEVER change the drive letter of the drive that Windows boots from. It will lead to countless problems varying from programs not running properly to not being able to log-on to Windows at all.
Just a clarification - The subst solution is not permanent and it even while being used the drive can still be accessed as F: so you shouldn't worry about it.
Mohammed HamadaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
The type of the file should be an EXE a self extacting file or lets me just guess that, about 2 weeks ago i downloaded HP Scanjet - 4600 driver file, the file was about 250 Mbs, I moved the file from drive C to D then i was able to extract it to drive D by right clicking on the file and then extract it to HP - Scanjet - 4600 folder, then I ran setup, but note that you should have winzip installed on your computer or power archiver which can work for both (ZIP & RAR) extensions..

Then when you have the extracted folder there, you can run setup from the drive F and it will work for sure..

Good Luck
you can extract a self-extracting zip with just about any 3rd party unzipper or compression program (www.7-zip.org and www.izarc.org are free, also winrar, winace, etc) ... if you've got one installed, right click the file and check the context menu for 'extract' options (easiest) or load up the program and then open the self-extracting file from inside it (and then extract it somewhere)

otherwise, i ran across this solution:

and i tested it out on some scanjet driver download i had laying around that was a large (210mb) self-extracting winzip file (col4309.exe)... i copied it to f:\ to mimic your setup; and then... start -> run:

f:\col4309 /Auto f:\scanner

it did extract to f:\scanner and ran the setup once it was extracted. note that by default it will overwrite, so pick a folder that is empty or doesn't exist (folder will be created if it doesn't).
You can use winrar to open it up like in a window and place the install anywhere you want but the most important thing is that you dont change that drive letter you will be reinstalling for sure unless you know how to repoint all your programs manually.

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