MT4 & External Drives ('F' Drive download)

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Re: MT4 & External Drives ('F' Drive download)

Postby jay » Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:49 pm

- Install a fresh copy of MT4 to your external drive. Do NOT yet start the application until instructed in the following steps.

Any new Installation opens automatically ?

- With the MT4 short-cut/start up icon, right-click and go to Properties. In the "Target" box, add "/portable" to the end of the command.

Already in this target box is /skipupdate ?


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Re: MT4 & External Drives ('F' Drive download)

Postby tickstory » Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:21 pm

If MT4 opens automatically, just close it. Use both "/skipupdate /portable" if you need to.

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Re: MT4 & External Drives ('F' Drive download)

Postby Tr3add » Sat Feb 06, 2016 7:57 pm

Hi Jay,

I had a similar issue and in the end I found a work around by creating a junction using the MLINK/J command. Your going to need to know the existing path to your MT4 data folder in C:

1) In windows explorer go to C:\Users\XYZ\AppData\Roaming and find your MT4 data folder
Move the data folder to your F:\ - Everything that was in C:\Users\XYZ\AppData\Roaming\MT4 Data Folder is now in V:\MT4 Data folder and C:\Users\XYZ\AppData\Roaming\MT4 data folder doesn't exist anymore.

2) Open a command prompt and MKLINK/J "C:\Users\XYZ\AppData\Roaming\MT4 data folder" "V:\MT4 data folder"

3)Make a new test file in "C:\Users\XYZ\AppData\Roaming\MT4 data folder". Do you see same file in "F:\MT4 data folder" ???
Delete the test file

If any program (even explorer) accesses C:\Users\XYZ\AppData\Roaming\MT4 data folder it is automatically redirected to F:\MT4 data folder

* just thought - Your MT4 data folder won't be called MT4 data folder - more like D9J9JSAHJSHDFHIUREIUR5U690 but I'll be damned if I'm typing that out 20 times!

This works for me on MT4 build 950 on Windows 10 but I basically ripped this solution from an unrelated problem someone else was having and thought it might work for my issue, so if you try it you're kind of doing off your own back, but I do hope it helps.

Now just got to try and get Tickstory working with build 950 :D
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Re: MT4 & External Drives ('F' Drive download)

Postby pedron_eduardo » Wed May 24, 2017 11:31 pm

Hello, I'm trying to direct Tickstory to download all databases directly on my EHD (external hard drive). As you can see from the screenshots, I have no problem installing MT4, since it is properly installed on EHD. The problem is that Tickstory does not accept that it is downloaded somewhere other than the computer's C disk. How can I change this? How do I enable Tickstory to upload the Duckascopy database directly to my EHD? Thank you.
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Re: MT4 & External Drives ('F' Drive download)

Postby tickstory » Thu May 25, 2017 6:30 am

Hi Pedron,

There may be some residual files that exist on your C: drive which is causing Tickstory to detect the old folder (i.e. perhaps you have previously run the same MT4 from the C: drive?). Rather than going through a process of finding these files, it may be easier to manually edit your Tickstory settings like so:

1) Quitting all running instances of Tickstory.
2) Open an explorer window and browse to C:\Users\(YourUsername)\AppData\Roaming\Tickstory\Tickstory Lite
3) Make a backup copy of the TickstoryLite.config file just in case (Select it, CTRL-C, CTRL-V).
3) Text edit the file TickstoryLite.config
4) In a text editor (such as Notepad), modify the "Mt4Settings" XML information so it looks similar the following (i.e. fill in the Mt4InstallDir and BaseDataDir (and ensure ServerName is correct) details to match your own configuration):
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    <Mt4Settings Mt4InstallDir="C:\Program Files (x86)\Metatrader 4"
        ServerName="MetaQuotes-Demo" BaseDataDir="C:\Program Files (x86)\Metatrader 4"
        LaunchCmdLineArgs="/portable" />

5) Start Tickstory and the new configuration should stick.

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Re: MT4 & External Drives ('F' Drive download)

Postby terry5789 » Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:15 am

Hello! I do not come with more problems, but instead, a simple tip that has helped me.

The external drive issue baffled me for quite some time. When selecting the "MT4 Installation" folder, I would get the message that an MT4 Data Folder directory could not be found. However! I uninstalled everything and decided to run through Tickstory's instructions again. At the point where Tickstory says, "Do NOT yet start the application until instructed in the following steps," this was key to my success. Once you have installed your MT4, do NOT click on the "Finish" button. Instead, just close out the window entirely or press [Alt + F4] to bypass the "Finish" button, which would bypass the automatic opening of MT4. Continue with the rest of Tickstory's instructions and hopefully, you are good!

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