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How can I install MATLAB on the D drive?

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I specified the installation folder in the D drive but the computer automatically install MATLAB in the downloads folder as default name "MathWorks" in C DRIVE even though I manually specified the destination in D drive. All other program are I can install on D drive but it seems I cannot install MATLAB on the D drive. So is it possible to install MATLAB on D drive?


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Takehiro Tanaka
Takehiro Tanaka on 15 Feb 2017
Edited: Walter Roberson on 15 Feb 2017
I actually understood how to solve this problem. In fact, we have to use a command prompt to change the installation directory. the procedure is the following:
1. Open the command prompt (You can find it by typing 'cmd' from the start menu).
2. Type the command 'd:' to change the current directory to D drive
3. Type the command 'cd D:\the address of the folder needed to install matlab products' to go to specific directory.
4. Type the command 'setup -downloadFolder D:\the address of the folder where you want to install' to setup the default destination to install.
Note that the way you type the address of folder is you can easily find on google.


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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 9 Jun 2018
You might need to copy the installer into that directory.
Daniel Kamand
Daniel Kamand on 4 Nov 2018
the installation worked, but after pressing on the shortcut created on my desktop a message showed up prompting me to delete the shortcut because the location may have changed or has been moved. But every single file related to matlab when clicking on it said exactly the same thing, so when I accidently clicked on yes, to delete the shortcut,I gained freespace equal to the size of the installation on the D drive.Now I'm starting from the begining, but I don't want to have the same problem because it's really time consuming. *What I'm typing in the command prompt is the following:
'cd: D:\THE FILE CREATED AUTOMATICALLY WHEN RUNNING "matlab_R2018b_win64" and where the setup file is'
' setup -downloadFolder D:\A FOLDER I CREATED ON THE D DRIVE*
After pressing Enter, the installation process started and then I am prompted to choose an installation folder initially given to me as "C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2018b" I then changed it to the folder I created initially, which is the same folder I typed its adress in the command prompt,which is actually in D. So what's the problem with that? Do I probably have to put the installation folder in the C drive? but when I am oing this I'm having an warning that I have no enough space on the C drive. but shouldn't this folder be the same as the one I specified in the command propmt? Your help is so appreciated!
Nojus Vysniauskas
Nojus Vysniauskas on 27 May 2020
Instead of "setup" write the .exe file's name

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Steven Lord
Steven Lord on 13 Feb 2017
If you told the Installer to install in a folder on the D drive, it should be installing in the specified folder. As part of the installation process it will download files needed by the installation process to a temporary directory, and that directory may or may not be on the D drive depending on how your machine is configured. Those files are used by the installation process but they are not the actual installation.
From the documentation (specifically item 1 in step 1):
"When you select an installer on the website, you receive the files that the installer needs in order to run on your selected platform, not the product files. Run the installer to select products that you want to install on the computer where you are logged in. The installer downloads the products that it needs from MathWorks, if necessary."
I think this Answer describing how to change where the files are downloaded is still up-to-date.


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Cserny Mátyás
Cserny Mátyás on 2 Apr 2020
I have the same problem, i downloaded the installer, ran is, it finished its self extraction, and opened the installation process, where i log in, selected a directory on D drive, then selected the products i wanted to install, then i got an error messege that there is not enough space on drive C:
Can someone help me please?
Mohammed Suhail
Mohammed Suhail on 28 Apr 2020
Same issue here if anybody has a solution please do post
Edgar Ossiel Pérez Torres
What I did was to delete some files from the temp file, in that way I was able to get enough space. Furthermore, I selected just some adds, Matlab was properly installed, and then I added the other ones as the downloaded files are just temporal on the C drive, and I of course installed on the D dirve. In other words, once you have installed Matlab you will recover your initial space in the C drive, and you can download more Matlab adds.

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Nehemiah Mork
Nehemiah Mork on 28 Sep 2020
If anyone is getting a location error when trying to open matlab (version 2020b) when using the command window do this.
D:\....path...\setup.exe -downloadFolder D:\....location to download
worked for me to download but then when I would try and open Matlab it would say matlab is not where it should be and would give me a location error and would not open. What I ended up having to do is go into windows control panel and change where my temporary files were stored and change them from a C:\ drive file to a D:\ drive file so they were being saved in the same driver as where I was installing matlab so I did not get that location error. If anyone is also getting that error watch this youtube video on how to change your temporary save location from C:\ drive to D:\ drive.

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Amod Shiledar
Amod Shiledar on 4 Jan 2021
In the video, it is shown that you have to search the .exe file name in other drives, and then create its shortcut. Where did you find it? In D drive or C drive. I can't find it in either of them.

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