New Hard Drive or Computer: Protocols?

Curious what most folks do when they get a new drive. I just bought an SSD and have spent pretty much all day reinstalling stuff, requesting new authorizations, etc. I wanted to start with a fresh install, so this isn't a big deal, but let's say I want to make a backup laptop for tour. The terms of the Live license agreement allow this. What's the best way to do it? I've got a fully-functional, bootable drive (my old one) in an external enclosure and it seems like there should be an easier way, like tell it "switch my stuff over" and move the contents of a drive (with auths, etc) to a new one but I'm sort of unclear on what constitutes a "computer", auth-wise. Is it married to the machine, or to the hard drive? It's not so bad with Live but when you have a bunch of plugins, making a new system becomes a serious ordeal. Maybe that's just the way it is, but I'd be curious to hear how other people do it.

For example: would it be best (or possible) to use an external drive for my VSTs, if I can keep the authorization attached to that drive instead of my laptop? 


fakemoney 5 years ago | 0 comments

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  • jestermgee
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    Most software uses UID codes generated from your hardware components (MAC address, CPU serial, MOBO serial etc) so the authorisation is attached to the physical machine.


    As with Live, many software companies allow you to have 2 copies for personal use which you would have to activate separately.

    If you simply wanted a complete "cloned HDD" you could just make a clone and either one installed would be seen as a single machine.

    If you wanted to have a clone laptop as a backup you could just clone the 1st HDD and install in the second machine (update or change drivers for the different hardware) then your plugins will require authorisation again due to the difference in hardware. If you have issues this is where you would have to spend time dealing with the companies about a second license. Most (such as Ableton) are pretty good and understanding when it comes to stuff like this.

    5 years ago | 0 comments

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