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    Moving the Samples to an External Drive

    Hi Everybody. I would like to move my Garritan samples to an external drive. I have read the instructions at the MakeMusic knowledge base which include a laborious changing (one by one, by hand) of registry entries (54 in GPO4 alone!)

    Does anyone have a faster suggestion? I've considered uninstalling and reinstalling the libraries (GPO4, JABB, CoMB, Instant Orch and Harps) because you're allowed to specify the sample drive during installation - but that might prove just as time consuming.

    Has anyone else done this? Any ideas? All info appreciated.
    In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.

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    Re: Moving the Samples to an External Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by reberclark View Post
    Hi Everybody. I would like to move my Garritan samples to an external drive. I have read the instructions at the MakeMusic knowledge base which include a laborious changing (one by one, by hand) of registry entries (54 in GPO4 alone!)

    Does anyone have a faster suggestion? I've considered uninstalling and reinstalling the libraries (GPO4, JABB, CoMB, Instant Orch and Harps) because you're allowed to specify the sample drive during installation - but that might prove just as time consuming.

    Has anyone else done this? Any ideas? All info appreciated.
    My own experience in this matter is that the main problematic library is GPO4, with all its sub-directories and multiple entries in the registry. For this, perhaps the simplest and quickest way is to re-install it. You can always download it again if you've deleted the original download package which, depending on your internet connect speed, shouldn't take too long. (I backed up that on an external drive, myself.)

    The other libraries have a much simpler structure in the registry and it should be possible, if you know what you're doing, to copy (not move) the library to your external drive, keeping the directory structure the same, then alter the registry to suit. Make sure you backup the registry, or the part of the registry you're altering before, of course.

    Do them one at a time, with comprehensive testing of each.

    Once one works you can then delete the library from the original drive.

    If you're not experienced with altering the registry, then re-installation may be the best bet.

    And I'm not responsible for anything that may go wrong in the process, of course.

    Regards,
    John.
    Author of MIDI tutorials at http://midi-tutor.proboards.com/index.cgi

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    Re: Moving the Samples to an External Drive

    Thanks John! I suspected that this would be the case. Your info is invaluable.

    Ya know, since most other libraries out there are easily switched to external drives, a small utility that would do this for the Garritan libraries would seem like a coding project that would make a few bucks. I am not a programmer and maybe I'm talking out of my...well, you know...but if there are coders out there looking for a project I'd love to suggest a Garritan Library Mover.

    Thanks again SysExJohn!

    Cheers everybody, and have a great Thanksgiving!
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    Re: Moving the Samples to an External Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by reberclark View Post
    Thanks John! I suspected that this would be the case. Your info is invaluable.

    Ya know, since most other libraries out there are easily switched to external drives, a small utility that would do this for the Garritan libraries would seem like a coding project that would make a few bucks. I am not a programmer and maybe I'm talking out of my...well, you know...but if there are coders out there looking for a project I'd love to suggest a Garritan Library Mover.

    Thanks again SysExJohn!

    Cheers everybody, and have a great Thanksgiving!
    Hi Reber,

    Yep, that would be a nice little project for somebody!

    There was one more thing too, thinking about it a bit more than I did when I answered.
    Sorry, it was a while back, more than a year ago when I did this.
    One doesn't move everything.
    As far as I recall, it was just the directories for the Samples that moved, the rest GUI, Instruments, etc. is tiny.
    If you tell me which libraries you've got, I'll take a look at their implementation and revisit what I'd worked out.
    Hopefully then I can tell you what I changed in the Registry.

    I think I ended up with a structure that was e.g F:\Garritan\Classic Pipe Organs\Samples\ with all its subdirectories, then changed the Registry to suit, e.g HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Garritan\Classic Pipe Organs\Banks\Standard\ with the sample_dir pointing to the same place.

    Be very careful!

    Regards,
    John.
    Author of MIDI tutorials at http://midi-tutor.proboards.com/index.cgi

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    Re: Moving the Samples to an External Drive

    It's probably the quickest to Uninstall and then re-install. I've found that I can do this in about 5 minutes on my computer per library.

    Jim

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    Re: Moving the Samples to an External Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by Haydn View Post
    It's probably the quickest to Uninstall and then re-install. I've found that I can do this in about 5 minutes on my computer per library.

    Jim
    +1 to that, Jim. The installers they're using now are incredibly zippy, so it's the super simple way to move your samples, Chip. I think no special "move tool" has been developed, because there's really no need.

    Randy

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    Re: Moving the Samples to an External Drive

    Thanks everybody. If I go ahead I will probably do the uninstall/reinstall thing.
    In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.

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    Re: Moving the Samples to an External Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by reberclark View Post
    Thanks everybody. If I go ahead I will probably do the uninstall/reinstall thing.
    Almost certainly the safest procedure.
    Author of MIDI tutorials at http://midi-tutor.proboards.com/index.cgi

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    Re: Moving the Samples to an External Drive

    Hi Everybody,

    I bit the bullet and uninstalled / reinstalled all of my Garritan products while designating my external drive for samples. Everything went off without a hitch - activation included.

    A couple of things:

    The installer for JABB and one or two other products went ahead and re-installed some .audio files on my C:\ drive (these were also installed on my external - or F:\ drive). I deleted them from C:\ to no ill effect (so far).

    As a test I loaded World Instruments and loaded World>Standard>Percussion>Africa>Adodo - an instrument I had not loaded before. I received an error from ARIA:

    Slot 0
    <curve #6>
    curve redefinition error!: (and then a strange symbol)

    The sample played fine, however. Other instruments did not return that error.

    Thank you for your great advice. This board is the best.
    In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.

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    Re: Moving the Samples to an External Drive

    Hi everybody. One way of moving sound samples is the way you´ll do it in Logic Pro X. It´s really very easy and fast. You just copy the samples folders to your external drive and, right cklick the folders and make "alias", copy those alias file back to your hard drive, change their names and finally delete the originals. It works fine in Logic. It´s not just the advantage of gain space on your hard drive, it´s a question how your microprocessor handle (read and write) the data at the same time. Having samples on a separate hard drive is the best you can do.
    Now, with Garritan Libraries it doesn´t work like that. So the best choice seems to be reinstalling the library. I would like to have more information how you guys did that. Do you need to type password again. Can someone tell me how you did it I would be very happy.

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