The information in this article applies to:
I would like to install the software to a location other than the default. How can I accomplish this?
Chief Architect programs can be installed to a different internal hard drive location than the default.
If your goal is to try to install to a different location due to limited space, then it is also important to be aware that the Core, Manufacturer and Bonus library catalogs can potentially take up a large amount of space, depending on what you choose to load. Starting with Chief Architect X10, Home Designer Pro 2019, and newer program versions, you can designate where library catalogs are placed and stored on your system. Please see the Related Articles section for more information on relocating your libraries.
Installing Chief Architect software to removable media such as external hard drive, or network location is not supported.
In addition to changing the installation location of the software itself, after the program is installed, you can also choose to move the software's Data folder, which stores important user-specific information and is located in your Documents directory by default.
While you cannot change the name of this directory, you can change its location.
To avoid unexpected results, it is best to use a location on a local hard drive.
If you move this folder on your computer without specifying its location here, the program will automatically replace it using default information from the installation folder. The same result will occur if you specify a location on a network or removable device and this location becomes inaccessible. When this occurs, customized user settings will not be used.