I’m confused

VIP+Expansions ~ Relocating to a Different HDD..?

Hello,

Recently I upgraded to El Capitan-OSX-10.11.3

I experienced several issues with this upgrade, which now seem to be resolved.
Part of the initial upgrade issues were apparently due to my iMac having 2 drives, one an SSD and the other a DATA-HD. Although I am relatively experienced in the use of DAW software, I’m certainly no computer technician.

When working on any Project, I record/save everything direct to a 2 T.Byte Seagate External powered Drive.

Although I do mention LPX, N.I. Komplete & others here, the Akai Advance 61 & VIP are at the heart of my system.

I’m planning to work through LPX tutorials in order to setup a few Templates, each designed for various Project scenarios that I’ll be writing / recording in. I want to do this so I have a better Work Flow for each setup.

Before I go through and make these new template setups etc, I need to know that I have all my Software suites installed to the best available HD. Suites include Logic Pro X 10.2.1, Native Instruments ‘Komplete 10 DL’, Akai MPC Renaissance (with Expansions), Akai Advance 61 with VIP (includes Expansions) and some other similar plug/suites,.

There are a few ‘instrument/sounds’ from the Logic Pro X sound library that aren’t yet installed, and when I went to download / install them, I got a message saying I don’t have enough Disc space to do so.

This lead me to investigate, as I thought that I had plenty of drive space available.

As can be seen by the attached Screenshots, my SSD is basically Full, while the DATA-HD has nearly a full TeraByte of free space.

My Question is this ~ Is it possible to, (and/or should I) relocate my entire LPX sound Library, and all of my other Software Suites (as listed above) to the DATA-HD in order to allow me to install future Software Suites?

If it is possible, and recommended, which parts of each Suite (VIP+Expansions, LPX, MPC, Komplete etc) should be relocated, and which, if any, should remain on the SSD drive?

I looked at some results from online searches, but wasn’t sure what to do, as some seem to say, within the same article, NOT to relocate, BUT to relocate Sounds.

I’m sure there is a way to resolve this, and maybe I just can’t see the wood for the trees, so any and all advice will be greatly appreciated.

I am willing to take the time needed to get my system setup correctly once and for all, so that I can get back to actually writing / recording / producing Music ~ That’s why we’re here isn’t it..!
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  • Corey S (Official Rep) March 14, 2016 16:41
    Hi Victor,

    Thanks for posting!

    We can't recommend moving any content or files around as it tends to be a tedious process and is not always very reliable. But if you would like to explore this, the best way to do it would be through creating a symbolic link for the content folders and then moving them to the second drive. The content is going to contain most of the data space here. I would not worry about moving any of the other software files.

    I'm unable to walk you through all this, but this article discusses how to set up a symbolic link and what to expect:

    https://gigaom.com/2011/04/27/how-to-...

    I'd recommend testing this out with a single plugin first and then continue if it works out ok.

    I hope this helps!
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  • Hi Corey,

    Thanks for your reply and link to the article.
    I'll set aside some time to have a dedicated look into this wholly new (for me) process.

    Until then, I'm going to get back to working on the current projects in play, and I guess slowly explore the available options to maximise my system and disc usage.

    Much appreciated...Cheers
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