How to Install VST Plugins to an External Hard Drive

Written by jason taetsch
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Virtual Studio Technology plugins provide additional equaliser functions for music mixing software. You can install the VST plugins to an external hard drive if you want to save some space on your internal hard drive or it is full. The process for installing to an external hard drive is similar to a standard installation, but you will have to connect the external hard drive to the computer to access the plugins. Since the plugins are generally distributed as open-source technology they are available from a variety of developers and different websites.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click the "Download" link from the Web page that hosts the VST plugin files.

  2. 2

    Click the "Save" button to download the installation files to your desktop.

  3. 3

    Double-click the installer.exe file to launch the installation wizard.

  4. 4

    Click "Next" in the installer window that opens and click the external hard drive as the location to store the plugins. Click "Install" to install the plugins to the external hard drive.

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