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You Ask, We Answer: Application Storage

Do you have to buy a bigger hard drive to store all your programs?
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I MAKE DANCEHALL AND GET MANY IDEAS FROM YOUR PUBLICATION, SO THANK YOU FOR THAT. I AM WRITING BECAUSE I FINALLY SWITCHED FROM A STANDALONE RECORDER TO A WINDOWS-BASED SETUP, WHICH HAS A 128GB SOLID-STATE DRIVE AND SEPARATE 7200RPM 2TB USB HARD DRIVE FOR AUDIO DATA. I ALSO BOUGHT SEVERAL VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS, BUT I’VE RUN OUT OF SPACE AND CAN’T INSTALL ANY MORE PROGRAMS. HIGHER-CAPACITY SSDS ARE EXPENSIVE, SO DO I NEED TO REPLACE THE SSD WITH A BIGGER TRADITIONAL HARD DRIVE?

STEVENSON ALCINE
PEMBROKE PINES, FL
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MOTUs MachFive’s sample library has been relocated to the G: drive, as specified in Preferences That’s probably not necessary. Your operating system and the programs themselves should fit in 128 GB, but virtual instruments usually default to installing their sample libraries on your root drive because they don’t know what drives your system includes. Fortunately, during installation you can usually specify a different content location. Consider purchasing a third high-capacity drive and dedicating it to content; when you install content on that drive, the instrument will know to “look” to that drive for its library. If you’ve already installed the content, you can usually move it and specify a different file path in the program’s preferences.

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Two cautions: If your system configuration changes and alters the drive letter, your programs won’t recognize where to find the samples. So, rename the drive to its original drive letter. Also, your system drive can become clogged with downloads, temp files, and so on. Deleting temp files and moving downloads off your main drive can reclaim significant storage capacity.
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