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How do I install Cakewalk to a different drive?

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My laptop has a 256 GB SSD (C-drive), and I recently added a 1 TB HDD for extra storage (D-drive). I had tried to move Cakewalk to D-drive by these methods, each resulting in some issues and errors when trying to boot up the app:

  • "Move to" function in File Explorer for EVERY folder that pertained to Cakewalk (Programs, x86, Cakewalk Content, Projects, AppData, Common Files, etc...)
  • SteamMover app
  • Going to settings and changing the download and save location in my PC to D-drive

Everytime I download the Bandlab Assistant, and then Cakewalk, I look in advanced settings for download and it's always on C-Drive. Additionally, the "Browse" button is greyed out.

I know the third option works for sure because I was able to make my games go to D-Drive that way. (had to uninstall/reinstall, but they appeared in D)

I just want to have space in my SSD. There is a whole TB for this music app, and yet it wants to be in my C-Drive.

Anyone have a solution or suggestions?

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The software should be installed on the system drive.

Even if you do choose to install on a different drive some parts of CbB must be installed on the system drive.

 

Once installed a large portion of the installation "C:\Cakewalk Content" may be moved easily using a directory junction. For example, to relocate this to the D drive:

1) Move "C:\Cakewalk Content" to D:\ using Windows Explorer

2) Start a command shell running as administrator and type

mklink /j "C:\Cakewalk Content" "D:\Cakewalk Content"

 

Do the same with "C:\Cakewalk Projects"

 

Using directory junctions to move Cakewalk Content and Projects folders eliminate the need to modify folder locations in CbB preferences.

 

If you absolutely must install as much as possible on a drive other than C (this really means you have a bigger problem than installing CbB) you will need to perform a clean install of CbB to restore the file prompts in the CbB installer.

 

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On 3/27/2020 at 4:32 PM, scook said:

The software should be installed on the system drive.

Even if you do choose to install on a different drive some parts of CbB must be installed on the system drive.

 

Once installed a large portion of the installation "C:\Cakewalk Content" may be moved easily using a directory junction. For example, to relocate this to the D drive:

1) Move "C:\Cakewalk Content" to D:\ using Windows Explorer

2) Start a command shell running as administrator and type

mklink /j "C:\Cakewalk Content" "D:\Cakewalk Content"

 

Do the same with "C:\Cakewalk Projects"

 

Using directory junctions to move Cakewalk Content and Projects folders eliminate the need to modify folder locations in CbB preferences.

 

If you absolutely must install as much as possible on a drive other than C (this really means you have a bigger problem than installing CbB) you will need to perform a clean install of CbB to restore the file prompts in the CbB installer.

No he doesn't have problems, you do *****. Some people don't like to fill up their system drive with trash. And you still didn't answer the *****ing question.

 

 

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48 minutes ago, Johnnie said:

No he doesn't have problems, you do *****. Some people don't like to fill up their system drive with trash. And you still didn't answer the *****ing question.

If you don't like the reply, that's OK but there is no need to go off on it this way.

The initial install  has the options to specify where parts of the application may be installed.

That said, some parts will install on the system drive no matter what.

This is why I go into detail about directory junctions. They work regardless of where the files are installed, are much safer than alternatives such as messing with the registry and in many cases are better than providing any program installer with alternate locations.

If this is not satisfactory log a feature request here.

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55 minutes ago, Johnnie said:

No he doesn't have problems, you do *****. Some people don't like to fill up their system drive with trash. And you still didn't answer the *****ing question.

Wow. You created a whole account just for that nasty little piece of trolling trash?

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On 3/27/2020 at 4:32 PM, scook said:

The software should be installed on the system drive.

Even if you do choose to install on a different drive some parts of CbB must be installed on the system drive.

 

Once installed a large portion of the installation "C:\Cakewalk Content" may be moved easily using a directory junction. For example, to relocate this to the D drive:

1) Move "C:\Cakewalk Content" to D:\ using Windows Explorer

2) Start a command shell running as administrator and type

mklink /j "C:\Cakewalk Content" "D:\Cakewalk Content"

 

Do the same with "C:\Cakewalk Projects"

 

Using directory junctions to move Cakewalk Content and Projects folders eliminate the need to modify folder locations in CbB preferences.

 

If you absolutely must install as much as possible on a drive other than C (this really means you have a bigger problem than installing CbB) you will need to perform a clean install of CbB to restore the file prompts in the CbB installer.

 

Hi Scook,

Thanks for the tip!  I have successfully moved the Cakewalk Content & Cakewalk Project folders to my external drive, and revised the mapping in preferences per your instructions.   The projects are intact.  However, when I went to install a Cakewalk update, I received an error message regarding a missing Cakewalk Core folder (one of the sub folders under "Cakewalk Content").  See screen shots for the error message.   How can I inform the Cakewalk updates to point to the new external drive?   

Can't find cakewalk core error Capture.JPG

Please correct the problem error msgCapture.JPG

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Installing software on external drives is a bad idea.

If the directory junction for "C:\Cakewalk Content" was made correctly and "C:\Cakewalk Content" opens as expected, the error message may mean there is a permissions issue creating folders on the external drive.

Not sure what this means

6 minutes ago, Rtunes said:

revised the mapping in preferences per your instructions.

Directory junctions  in the post you quoted eliminates the need to change preferences in CbB.

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FYI. I have a 250 GB SSD system drive on my main Daw computer. I have probably 30 different software suites all on C drive. it’s a little more than  1/2 full most of the time. I don’t store any data like pictures, music or movies on the C drive. Most of my VST libraries are on the 1 TB drive. But all of Cakewalks stuff is still on C drive. 
 

I store all my data on my 1 TB data drives.
For Cakewalk I installed a second 250 GB SSD drive just for projects and Wave files. I found using the 1TB HHD was bogging things down. Doesn’t matter for samples as they load into RAM. 
 

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