I got a new external hard drive, what files should I move? Also, what format should I use?

I got a new external hard drive (G-Tec "G-Drive Mini"). I bought this hard drive for it's firewire and faster RPM then my internal.

That being said, I'm not sure what files I should be moving from live...

I don't really need portability, but to prevent "glitching" or "stuttering" sound (as I call it) I'm thinking I'd at least move the library... but from there I really don't know what else should be moved.

I also need to know what format I should use for the external drive. I'd like to use it on my Mac mostly, but if the opportunity arises, what could I do to be able to use it on PC as well?

Please state your opinions and feel free to argue/debate! I'd love to hear from both sides of the fence!

P.S. I have Suite, Latin percussion, and would be guessing I'm eventually getting NI's Komplete.

P.P.S. If anyone has had experience with my external hard drive, I'd love to hear how it's turned out for you!

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  • Near Earth Object
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    I use a PC in my studio, but a Macbook pro on the road, and the only things i put on an external harddrive are: samples and some vst's. But since Windows and Mac don't always work together, i would suggest to only put the necessary audio files on there.

    The format of these files can be wav or aiff. Makes no difference to Ableton, because it works with both.

    6 years ago | 0 comments
  • MrNFOX22
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    Not sure about Ableton, but you can install any native instruments product three times with one liscence. So you could have it on both maschines simultaneously..

    4 years ago | 0 comments
  • CBEtsinger
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    ableton allows 2 installs but cannot be used at the same time. 

    3 years ago | 0 comments

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