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Old 08-18-2019, 09:05 AM
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Default moving pro tools sessions to an external drive

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I've been using Pro Tools for about 6 months now and have been saving our sessions to the internal drive of my 2018 Mac Mini. Now I'm rethinking that decision and want to move the session files to an external SSD drive. How can I do this without losing any of the necessary interconnections between ptx and various support files? I've read that moving the session files can be a tricky thing,,, or at least it used to be tricky.

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Old 08-18-2019, 12:00 PM
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Default Re: moving pro tools sessions to an external drive

Assuming all your sessions are self-contained and don't reference any external audio just drag the folder for each session to the external drive. Being an external drive OSX will just copy over everything in the folder(s).

Then you can delete the sessions on the internal drive once you're satisfied the sessions on the external work okay.

Another option and one I've not used is to do a 'save copy in' and point it to the external drive. But you still have to delete the session on the internal drive.
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Old 08-18-2019, 12:42 PM
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Default Re: moving pro tools sessions to an external drive

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Assuming all your sessions are self-contained and don't reference any external audio just drag the folder for each session to the external drive. Being an external drive OSX will just copy over everything in the folder(s).

Then you can delete the sessions on the internal drive once you're satisfied the sessions on the external work okay.

Another option and one I've not used is to do a 'save copy in' and point it to the external drive. But you still have to delete the session on the internal drive.
Thanks,,, this was my first Mac and first Pro Tools so my file management started out poorly (that's my excuse anyways). I'm looking to clean that up now and hoping that I can move the scattered session files all into tidy individual song folders under "PT Songs", then let the system automatically find then relink when necessary. I like your suggestion of leaving a legacy version of the folders/files in place until I'm certain everything is working well in the new configuration... maybe even place that legacy version on the SSD as an archive version, then I can go ahead and delete the one on the Mac drive.

thx again
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Default Re: moving pro tools sessions to an external drive

Safest way to move a session folder is via Save Copy in.
In the options make sure to select "copy Audio Files" too. This way there is no risk of having offline media.
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