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Changing the STATA temporary folder

STATA saves all temporary files in the C:/ in Windows workstations. Since storage quota are limited on the C:/, you should follow these steps to change the temporary directory

1. Identify a folder outside C:\

Find a folder where you are allowed to create and modify files. This is going to be the new SAS temporary folder. In this tutorial, let's assume that the directory is "E:\StataTemp\ccvdemo2"

2. Create StataTemp.bat

  1. 1.
    Launch Notepad. (You can click the search icon in the bottom left of the screen on the Taskbar. Type Notepad and click the first icon)
  2. 2.
    Enter the following text. It contains 4 lines, including a blank line at the bottom:
set STATATMP=E:\StataTemp\ccvdemo2
cd E:\StataTemp\ccvdemo2
"C:\Program Files\Stata16\StataSE-64.exe"
The file contains 3 commands and 1 empty line at the end. Press Enter at the end of line 3 to add a 4th blank line.

3. Save File

  1. 1.
    On Notepad, click on File -> Save As ...
  2. 2.
    Click on "Desktop" on the left "Quick Access Panel"
  3. 3.
    Enter "myStata.bat" in the File name field.
  4. 4.
    In the "Save as Type" dropdown list, choose "All Files"
  5. 5.
    Click Save
  1. 6.
    Double Click "myStata" file on the Desktop to launch STATA