Moving Your Waves Sample Data to Another Drive


This article is for users of Waves plugins.

More specifically the Waves instruments and/or the Waves IR reverbs with the Impulses.

If you use any of the above you will be aware that the instrument data is installed in a default location and you cannot install it to a separate hard drive. Many DAW users choose to put all samples and libraries on a separate drive, usually an SSD in order to gain speed and space.

There is a way to do this with Waves using Windows Symlinks and this little tool I have developed. You can do also this manually using the walkthrough I will include at the bottom of this article.

But if you wish to do it faster and more regularly I introduce to you The Waves Symlink Creator. Once set up, this tool will do it all for you in seconds. Very handy when you need to repeat the process after updating or managing a new installation.

Waves Sample Mover
Waves Sample Mover

Instructions for use.

Step One: Move the impulses and sample data

  • MOVE your samples data – It must be moved, not copied:
    • Look at the SOURCES folders below you will find folders full of data files (depending on what you have installed).
    • Move these folders to your new location.

Step Two: Run the Waves Sample Mover

  • When you are sure you have MOVED the data run the exe file “WavesSymLinker.exe”
    • Note: You may have to approve the command line that creates the links. Right click the exe and run as admin if you want to avoid this.
  • Check the boxes of the links you want to create.
  • The application will complete very quickly and you will see a message telling you:
    • How many links were created.
    • How many were skipped due to missing folders.
    • How many were skipped due to checkboxes.

And we are done!

Now if you open IR1 or any of the Waves plugins that allow impulses you will see the impulses listed at the bottom under the folder you named earlier. And all Waves piano data will also be on your target media drive.


More detailed information

You can edit the ini file manually before starting the application or you can click the button “Edit INI”
Or you can simply browse to the target folders – The Waves original locations must be edited manually in the ini file.
If you have edited the INI file manually – Save it and then click the button “Update INI” to read the changes you have made.
Change the TARGETS to point to the areas where you have moved the samples data to.

NOTE: If a folder is not found in the TARGET data area the action will be simply skipped and no link will be created.

 // This should probably never change and must be edited manually
 // As it is the place where the links will be created
 // It is also the default place where you will find the samples in order to move them
 // Unless you install your Waves DATA to a different place
 E88Source=C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Data\Instrument Data\Electric88
 E200Source=C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Data\Instrument Data\Electric200
 EG80Source=C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Data\Instrument Data\ElectricG80
 IR1V1Source=C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Data\IR1Impulses
 IR1V2Source=C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Data\IR1Impulses V2

 // This is where you have ALREADY MOVED the samples to
 // Be sure to MOVE the sample folders - DO NOT COPY the sample folders
 // So the SymLinks created will point to these folders
 // If the folders are not found the link creation will be skipped for that folder
 IR1V1Target=E:\Waves\ Impulses\Virtual Acoustics
 IR1V2Target=E:\Waves\ Impulses\Sampled Acoustics V2

You can download this free utility from the Application Shop.

This concludes the article on how to do this using my free Waves Sample Mover tool.

Can I do this manually without using your utility?

Yes. Here’s a bullet pointed guide on how to do this manually with use of another free tool.

Of course it is possible to do this totally manually using Windows Commands but my logic here is that if you are familiar enough with creating symlinks in batch files then you will have already done this in your own way.

Step One: Get the Impulses and Symlink Creator

  • Download the Impulses
  • Go to the URL below and download the Symbolic Link Creator (there are many alternatives but this is the one I use).
  • Unzip and get it ready for use

Step Two: Move the impulses

  • Move your impulses to your external location – In my case “E:\ Impulses”
  • Make sure you have moved them all – Not just copied them
  • Now run the Symlink Creator tool

Step Three: Make the Symbolic Link

  • In the Link Folder area you will browse to or enter: C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Data\IR1Impulses V2
  • Give the new link folder a name – You can make this anything you want – I opted for AN Impulses
  • In the Destination Folder are you will enter the folder where you have put the impulses – In my case: E:\ Impulses
  • Hit Create Link

And we are done!

As you can see the “manual” method takes much longer and must be repeated for all instruments and also must be repeated after every fresh install.

Cheers, P.

UPDATE 2019: I have now cut this application down to Impulses and VST Folders only. This is because WAVES CENTRAL now allows the user to install the keyboard sample data to your chosen location.