Sites on external drive – error installing WordPress

Hi there, I tried creating a site on an external drive and got this error:

Error! WordPress Installation failed

I’ve tried this with both the local addon volumes add-on activated and off.

I’d like to know if it’s possible at all to install sites on an external drive. If yes, what can I do to fix this error. If not, never mind. Thanks!

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Hi @blogjunkie,

It’s possible on both macOS and Windows of Local.

If you’re on macOS then I would recommend going to Preferences » Advanced and disabling then re-enabling “Faster Docker Volumes”. Doing that will refresh the file system mounts.

Then, you can try creating the site again. If it fails, please provide your log file by going to Help » Reveal Local’s Log.

I can confirm that it’s possible to install and run a site off an external drive. Unfortunately it’s not working on my main machine which is driving me nuts. Thanks anyway.


If you want, feel free to private message me the log if you don’t want it to be public. That may show what’s going on.