Can I Run NI Software From an External Hard Drive?

Updated Oct 28, 2021

Reported In


  • External Hard Drive


  • LabVIEW
  • TestStand

Operating System

  • Windows

Issue Details

Is it possible to install and run NI software onto/from an external hard drive?


All other application software such as LabVIEW, TestStand etc. can be installed on and run from external hard drives. This can be done by utilizing NI Package Manager.

However, drivers must be installed on the Windows root drive, for example "(C:)", as this is a requirement of the operating system.