External hard drive/moving files

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Member Since: Nov 08, 2008

I'm getting an external hard drive later this month and want to know about moving files from one drive to the other. Basically I want to move all my music production software to the external HD and use it for recording only and leave the old HD drive for games and such. The question is...Does anyone know if moving my Cubase software to the new drive will also move all the project files with it or do I need to move them separately. Say, will moving the Cubase also move all components of cubase with it, all the .wav files and .cpr files or will I need to move them manually.

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Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Feb 08, 2009 09:04 pm

Actually you will only want to move the project files and or audio files themselves to the external driver. It will defeat the purpose of having a separate drive by making it run the software from that drive. Having the project files and audio or video on a separate drive is all you really need to do. The OS or C drive can support running Cubase as it is closer to the files it needs to function properly being there.

When I do an install of a new DAW I will install the DAW to the main drive, but if it uses any wav files or has tutorial files and other big files of that nature they are all installed to the separate drive or drives.

In my case here I have nearly 4 Terrabite of storage drive on the machine just for samples and audio used by my software synthes and samplers. I run a smaller dedicated drive for the projects themselves to run on and record the audio to. Then they are transferred to another storage drive until they are needed again.

But yes, your moving in the right direction by dedicating an external drive for audio only.

Czar of Turd Polish
Since: Jun 20, 2006

Feb 09, 2009 01:10 pm

Indeed, I would not move the software to the external as you eliminate the benefit of two drives. All projects and audio files should work nicely though.

I actually do this as I record on my laptop when doing remote locations and then simply hook my external to my desktop for mixdown. I never have to move the project files and audition let's me activate my software on a couple machines. Saves me loads of time compared to when I would transfer data between the two.

Since: Nov 08, 2008

Feb 09, 2009 09:04 pm

So...let me make sure I'm getting the drift here. Leave the software (Cubase, Wavelab, SampleTank and other music production stuff) on the old HD. Then, after working on a project, save the files to the new HD? The only reason I asked the other questions is because I'm running out of space on the old HD and was trying (or was going to) try and free up space on the old one. Thanks for the replies guys. This helps alot!

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Feb 09, 2009 09:37 pm

Yes, that is the gist of it. You will want to actually set the working audio to the drive as well. So make sure and set your audio folder to it.

If you are running SampleTank and it has a large quantity of sample files you can re-locate them to the other drive as well. But first make certain it has a function for batch re-location.

Otherwise it usually can be accomplished with an un-install and re-install. On the re-install of SampleTank you would simply tell it to load the program to the C drive and all samples and content to the external drive.

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