Hey there. First, I want to say that I've been using mods since shortly after the release of Skyrim.
This entire time, I've always wondered what the VirtualInstall folder is for.
I used Mod Organizer (though this is not about MO) for awhile, and it used to be good in that it would basically "inject" mod's contents into the game when launching from Mod Organizer, which is basically what I thought a "Virtual Install" means.
Now, I've been using NMM for almost a year (since the release of Fallout 4), and I've noticed that the VirtualInstall folder just contains copies of the files that are installed into the game's Data folder, so I literally have 3 of each mod on my PC, which takes up quite a bit of HDD space (especially considering that I'm using a 320GB HDD).
The first copy is the mod archive (.7z, .zip, .rar, et cetera) which is copied when installing a mod to NMM's [Game]\Mod folder.
The second copy is the extracted contents of the mod to the VirtualInstall folder.
The third copy is the extracted contents of the mod to the game's Data folder.
I recently tried Mod Organizer again because of this, only it does exactly the same, now, where it used to use the VirtualInstall contents.
Is there any way that I can set up NMM to *not* take up 3x as much space as is necessary if I were to manually install all mods?
Or am I using NMM/MO wrong?
Or is the VirtualInstall folder necessary for NMM/MO to realize which files were installed with each mod, or something like that?
As of right now, I have 10.3GB worth of files in the VirtualInstall folder for Skyrim, and 11.8GB in the folder for Fallout 4.
If I include the archives, I have 36.5GB of data that is not necessarily needed (though I see the point in the archives, not Virtual Install), so really I have about 22.1GB of space taken up that I'd like to free by deleting the VirtualInstall folders, which of course causes problems with NMM realizing that the mods are installed.
Is there any way for me to set up NMM to not make two copies of extracted files?
Every file that is in the VirtualInstall folder is already in my game's data folder, as well, so there is no need for both, it appears.
Am I missing something, or is there a way to do this?
Or, if I want extra HDD space, should I just manually install mods to prevent "extra" space from being taken up?
I appreciate any feedback or input.
Thank you very much