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Am about to try and install SQL Server 2008 R2 for the second time. How and when during an install can I configure my data to be held on the D:/ drive as opposed to the default C:/ drive?

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should probably move this over to – James Love Jul 23 '12 at 19:37
Indeed good sir. – RJ Cuthbertson Jul 23 '12 at 19:46
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Step 15:

Instance root directory — By default, the instance root directory is C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\110. To specify a non-default root directory, use the field provided, or click Browse to locate an installation folder.

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Thanks, this was driving me nuts! – IrishChieftain Jul 23 '12 at 19:38
No problem. You have to configure the instance instead of accepting the default. Glad to help. – RJ Cuthbertson Jul 23 '12 at 19:46

To get the full control to it when you come to the "Database Engine Configuration" step: enter image description here Click the tab Data Directories:

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