How to change the location of Descript files and preferences

By default, Descript is installed on the hard drive where your operating system is installed. In some cases, you may want to change the location of your Descript files and preferences to a different drive. For example, if your main hard drive is a very small drive with only enough space for your operating system and essential applications, you may prefer to install on a separate, external hard drive. You can accomplish this with Symbolic Links (Symlinks) or junctions.

Symlinks/junctions are virtual files that exist in one hard drive location but point to another location on your system. Applications that reference these links are instead directed to the other folder as if it was the original folder.

Note: Use of symbolic links and junctions with Descript is not officially supported. This article is for informational purposes only.

 

Setting up Symlinks on MacOS

1. If you haven't already, go ahead and install Descript by downloading it and clicking on the installation file. You may download Descript from https://www.descript.com/download

2. Make sure Descript is closed by clicking Descript > Close Descript or Cmd + Q.

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3. Open a new Finder window by clicking on the Finder icon in your Dock, or switching to the open Finder app (Cmd + Tab) and pressing Cmd + N.

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4. In the Finder menu at the top of your screen click Go > Go to Folder. Enter "~/Library/Application Support" (without quotes) then click Go.

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5. Locate the "Descript" folder in the list (this is the location of your files and preferences). Now open another Finder window and navigate to the drive location where you would like to store the folder. Ideally, this will be in a folder other than in the root of the drive.

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6. Drag the "Descript" folder to the new location in the other Finder window which will begin copying the folder contents. Depending upon the amount of media in your Descript folder, this may take quite a while to complete.

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Note: Once complete, it may be a good idea to rename your original Descript folder as "Descript-backup" in case you need to revert your changes for any reason.

7. Click on the Spotlight icon and type "Terminal" in the Spotlight search, then press Return.

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8. In the command line, type "ln -s " (making sure the space at the end is included) then drag the "Descript" folder from its new location, into the Terminal window to specify the source of the symlink. This will add the location path to the command.

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9. Drag the "Application Support" folder into the Terminal window to specify the destination where the symlink will reside, then press Return. You will see a new symlink icon appear with a small black arrow over the folder.

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10. You may now close the Finder and Terminal windows, and continue using Descript. Once you've verified everything is working as expected, you may remove your "Descript-backup" folder.

 

Setting up a Junction on Windows 10

Please note: There is a known issue with junctions, where the destination folder's contents are included when calculating your original drive's available space. This may cause your drive to erroneously report less space than is actually available in some cases.

1. If you haven't already, go ahead and install Descript by downloading it and clicking on the installation file. You may download Descript from https://www.descript.com/download

2. Make sure Descript is closed by clicking File > Close Window or Ctrl + W.

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3. Open a new File Explorer window by clicking on the icon in your Taskbar, or pressing Win + E.

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4. Click on Local Disk (C:) > Users > (Your user name). Then click in the navigation bar at the top of the window to enter edit mode and add "\AppData\Roaming" to the end of the drive path and click Enter.

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5. Locate the "Descript" folder in the list (this is the location of your files and preferences). Now open another File Explorer window and navigate to the drive location where you would like to store the folder. Ideally this will be a folder other than in the root drive.

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6. Drag the "Descript" folder to the new location in the other Finder window which will begin copying the folder contents. Depending upon the amount of media in your Descript folder, this may take quite a while to complete. 

Note: Once complete, you will either need to delete the "Descript" folder, or rename it as "Descript-backup" in case you need to revert your changes for any reason.

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7. Click on the Windows menu and type "cmd" - then click on Command Prompt.

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8. In the Command Prompt window, type "mklink /J " (without quotes and making sure the space at the end is included) then click the "AppData" portion of the File Explorer path. Drag the "Roaming" folder into the File Explorer window, then add "\Descript" to add the junction destination path to the command line.

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9. Add another space to the command line, then drag the "Descript" folder from its new location, into the Command Prompt window to specify the source path of the original folder, then press Enter. You will see a message stating "Junction created for [folder paths]" and a new link folder will appear in the "Roaming" folder with a small black arrow over the "Descript" folder. 

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10. You may now close the File Explorer and Command Line windows, and continue using Descript. Once you've verified everything is working as expected, you may remove your "Descript-backup" folder.

 

Note: Use of symbolic links and junctions with Descript is not officially supported. This article is for informational purposes only.