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Thread: Using VSTīs on External Hard Drive, worth it? (Cubase 10.5 Pro)

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    Question Using VSTīs on External Hard Drive, worth it? (Cubase 10.5 Pro)

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    Hi ,

    Iīm a relatively new producer and I recently upgraded to a better laptop to accommodate my production requirements.

    I was considering how to reinstall all my VST plugins from my old laptop. I thought of backing up my old device and transferring everything to the new one, or simply moving the "VST programs" file from one to the other, or starting from scratch and installing from original website. Which leads me to the general question, is it worth installing VST plugins to an external hard drive? Would I be able to use them without any latency or delay issues? Also, if say someone else had the same DAW as I did, if I connected my external drive with the VSTīs to their PC, would they be able to use the VSTīs? Provided I redirected the library location to the drive ofcourse. Finally, for paid VSTīs which require a key (like iLOK) would I be able to still use them on an external drive?

    In short:

    Can I use VSTīs on an external hard rive without latency or delay issues?

    Would I be able to use the VSTīs on the external drive with any device that has the same DAW? (Scenario, Iīm working on my DAW with a VST on an external drive, I disconnect the drive, go to another device which has the same DAW, connect the drive and continue using the VST)

    What would be the best way to move VSTīs to an external drive, full device back up? Drag and drop file? Or reinstall from website on to external drive?

    Thanks a lot,

    I appreciate any answers you can give
    Last edited by 4ssBlaster; 11-26-2020 at 04:52 AM.

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