Relocate does not reinstall, it's just pointing to another path...
My question as well, since I'm about to wipe my main Mac hard drive and start again from scratch. All my Kontakt libraries currently have their samples on external SSDs, so I too am wondering if things have improved in the last three years so that one no longer has to completely download and reinstall every Kontakt library from scratch. In brief, I too am hoping I only have to install the library software on my main drive and not the samples on the SSDs. How does one do that?How do you install the plugins/software without downloading samples, assuming you keep samples on an external drive?
I understand the process when one isn't starting from scratch on a wiped hard drive, and yes, re-locating and repairing libraries is easy now with NA on existing systems. But if one installs NA for the first time on a new main HD then wants to install a library whose samples are already downloaded elsewhere, isn't NA going to want to download the entire library again, just as if one was installing a brand new library for the first time??? Are you saying that won't happen...only the software will be installed and not the samples. Perhaps I'm missing something here since I haven't done a rebuild for a long time, but every time I've installed a new library via NA, it's just gone ahead and downloaded and installed BOTH the software and the samples. Massively time consuming if I have to do that for every library I own.As long as you don't erase those external drives, all you need to do is locate the libraries in Kontakt (or whatever sampler) when you open it.
In fact, I just did a clean install of my laptop and installed all the Native Instruments stuff and I still haven't even connected my Library drives to it.
I only use the MBP when I'm away from home and I usually just carry the HDD backup of my Library drives.
Perhaps my question and those of another respondent aren't clear enough. I don't mind installing each library one at a time, and I do know about installing a new Kontakt library on my current system drive. I've done all that a 100 times. What we are asking about is installing libraries on a new operating system drive where NO libraries have been installed before....without having to also download and install the samples I already have for those libraries! Thanks so much for everything you've offered.I can't remember if there is a "install all" command in Native Access but I always just go one by one and install the software I want to install.
In other words, you'd install Kontakt and maybe Kontakt 5 (I did) but I didn't install the Kontakt Factory Library.
I have Komplete Ultimate so I had a bunch of instruments and plugins to install but it doesn't take that long (maybe an hour?).
If you open Native Access you'll see that there are different installers for everything.
I guess I am not clear about what you are asking either, as my process above was that of setting up a brand new 2019 iMac. A new OS drive, void of any prior installations.What we are asking about is installing libraries on a new operating system drive where NO libraries have been installed before....without having to also download and install the samples I already have for those libraries! Thanks so much for everything you've offered.
I think this is where we have different experiences....But to reiterate: I simply reinstalled and reauthorized the products (engines) from scratch, via either Native Access for NI products, or directly from other developers. This process on a new iMac was independent of any sample content being prompted to be reinstalled...
Please let us know what you discover since I'll be doing something similar in a few weeks. And yes, every time I've installed a new Kontakt library, BOTH the instruments etc AND the samples are downloaded. There's never been an option I've found to skip the samples (UNLESS the library was installed previously or one is doing a repair or reinstall in NA). Thus our question.I think this is where we have different experiences.
I've not re-installed on a new Mac, but I've deleted/uninstalled and reinstalled an NI library on my MBP, Session Horns Pro. From what I remember, there was no way around downloading the samples/content.
My iMac arrived last night. I guess it won't hurt to attempt a reinstall of one of the smaller libs and see what happens. Hopefully it goes how you're saying. If not, I'm looking at DAYS of installations.
Understood, but after a number of years, I still feel it's wise to do a completely fresh install because with migration and simply updating an o/s etc. one just continues to carry files forward that may no longer be relevant or needed. No question a fresh install is time consuming though. Last time I did this it took well over a week of very long days, and for awhile later, I was still reinstalling things I missed.I don't, because it would take forever.
But I have used Migration Assistant lots of times, and it works very well.
Sorry, but are you saying that there is a way (with a first install of NA on a new o/s hard drive where no Kontakt libraries have been installed before) to click on something and just download the instruments etc. for a library, yet NOT have to download the samples as well, so later you can then link the library to the samples (which exist on external drives and were downloaded previously)?? If so, how do you do that?? How do you tell NA you just want to download the instruments and data, but not the samples when no files for that library exist anywhere on the o/s drive??But to reiterate: I simply reinstalled and reauthorized the products (engines) from scratch, via either Native Access for NI products, or directly from other developers. This process on a new iMac was independent of any sample content being prompted to be reinstalled. Reconnecting with the various sample libraries I have on 6Tb of drives was straightforward, though a different process with each developer.
That's only a problem if our computer isn't stable after updating - unless you just want to clean out garbage, which is fine, but then there are easier ways to do that (such as using OmniDiskSweeper or a similar utility).Understood, but after a number of years, I still feel it's wise to do a completely fresh install because with migration and simply updating an o/s etc. one just continues to carry files forward that may no longer be relevant or needed.
No question a fresh install is time consuming though. Last time I did this it took well over a week of very long days, and for awhile later, I was still reinstalling things I missed.
Yes...BIG difference there! Not the same at all as downloading and installing directly and completely from the NI site. Cheers.I may understand the difference in what we're talking about.
Back when I first installed Komplete Ultimate, I got the little drive that they sent in on and copied that to my hard drive.
At that time, I just had one big drive for my mac.
When I did a clean install, I'd have to hook up that little NI drive and reinstall everything.
Later, when I started using Kontakt for real and started adding 3rd party libraries, I needed more disk space and I added a drive.
At that time, I moved all my NI Libraries to the new drive (in fact it still sits nested in a Users>Shared folder just like it was on my original hard drive).
I just relocated all the libraries in Kontakt and never looked back.
If I hadn't moved all the libraries that were included with Komplete, than I would have to reinstall them every time I do a clean install.
Hope that's it!