Intel Compute Stick

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I have a Intel Compute Stick..
Is there a way to Move not copy the software distribution folder from the C: drive to SD card
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The only way I can think of to do this is to remove the C: drive from the computer and install it as a Slave in another computer. Once done, boot up the other computer and you will be able to use Cut/Paste to move any folders you like to your Intel Thumb Drive from the slave disk.

Alternatively, you can try creating a WinPE Bootable Disk which should give you access to the C: drive on the computer you want to move folders and files from. Never tried this myself though.

I hope that's helpful.

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I must clarify the original question, the reason I am asking is because I have a Clients Intel Compute Stick which has 32GB inbuilt storage and a 32GB SD card.  The inbuilt storage is the C Drive and houses Windows 10 plus 2 other programs.  The issue is that the 32GB has all but been used up by software and when trying to download the Windows update 1803 it keeps failing as there is not enough disk space.

I found a process of transferring the Softwaredistribution folder to another drive instead of c:/windows/softwaredistribution so that updates can be downloaded to the larger capacity drive.  But the method I found does not work, the computer simply re-creates the softwaredistribution folder on c drive and starts downloading it again then stops when it runs of of storage.

We have fixed this issue by doing an in-place upgrade of Windows using a Windows 10 bootable disk plugged into the USB port of the ComputeStick.  But I am sure when Microsoft releases another large update it will come up again!
Andrew LeniartIT Professional | Freelance Journalist | Looking for Opportunities
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I assume this is a Laptop? Regardless, there is generally a way to connect an external drive, either via USB or by attaching a larger SD Card.

Once done, you can relocate most software installs to the larger SD card which would be connected to your computer permanently, thus freeing up space on the inbuilt system SD Card. I've done this myself with a Lenovo laptop and it works quite well.

Could that be a solution for you?

It might be helpful if you could also identify exactly what type of computer you're dealing with here. (Make and model)
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it is not a laptop - its a stick that runs windows
i assume it's this one :  https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/boards-kits/compute-stick.html

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I actually figured out that the Windows Update Program took up a vast amount of data storage.  After uninstalling that it free'd up a lot of space.  We will see how it goes in the future.
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