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I love Picasa! So what… I am having now around 30,000 photos (at least if Picasa doesn’t lie) and… a problem. Picasa for ages have a problem with big database caching file. I have a system partition that is only 20GB in size. The problem is that Picasa is holding the thumbnails cached in my home directory that is on the system drive..

With this amount of photos, and a lot of software installed, it had filled my partition effectively. So, one solution is to resize the partition, but I didn’t want that. The other solution I thought of was… symlinks that I love in linux.

Because I had a second big disk available, I wanted to move the whole picture cache database to the other disk. The problem is that Windows XP as such does not support symbolic links. But … it was easy anyway. Want to know how?

To solve this problem I had to download the Junction utility that is officially available from Microsoft, a tiny thingie to make symlinking possible 🙂 Unpack it somewhere, e.g. to C:\.
Then, create a directory on your other bigger drive that you will keep the picasa stuff in. Let’s say this will be D:\MyPicasa.
Move all the things from the previous directory of Picasa to the new one, usually that’s in “C:\Documents and Settings\warden\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Picasa2″.
Delete the empty directory afterwards.
Now we will use the junction utility. Then go into command line… Start->Run->cmd and type:

C:\> junction.exe „C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Picasa2” D:\MyPicasa

Junction v1.05 – Windows junction creator and reparse point viewer
Copyright (C) 2000-2007 Mark Russinovich
Systems Internals – http://www.sysinternals.com

Created: C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Picasa2
Targetted at: D:\MyPicasa

Remember to copy in the proper path here (username). That’s it! Now you can run Picasa, and all your things will be stored in the new directory.

Pobrano z : http://www.warden.pl/2009/08/26/how-to-change-the-default-picasa-cache-directory/

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