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I'm trying to install Firefox on an external hard drive.
I'm trying to install Firefox on an external hard drive. Having it start on the external drive in a program files directory is very straightforward but I would also like to have the user files on that drive as well. Those files are typically in a directory similar to the following. C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxxxxx\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox
I did have this set up on an older PC but now that I'm setting up a new one, I can't remember just how that was done. Could someone refresh my memory?
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The process is quite straight forward, you start the profile manager, create a new profile and in the second step of the create profile wizard click on "Choose folder" to choose where you want to save the user data.
The process of creating a profile is detailed here - Creating a new Firefox profile on Windows - MozillaZine Knowledge Base. There is a warning about using a non-standard location for the profile (copied from the mozillazine knowledge base)
If the folder you select for the new profile contains non-Mozilla files (such as the "My Documents" folder on Windows), your profile data will be intermingled with the non-Mozilla data. This can result in the loss of all of the data in that folder, including non-Mozilla files, if you later delete the profile.
I forgot about the firefox -P command
You may need or want to start Firefox by specifying the absolute location of that profile folder in the desktop shortcut if you do not want to use profiles.ini on the default system drive or the profile manager.