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Dual boot - 2 x SSDs both W8 - 1 x Video / 1 x Music (DAW)

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    Windows 8.1

    Dual boot - 2 x SSDs both W8 - 1 x Video / 1 x Music (DAW)


    Hi Guys,

    I have a computer on which I compose music and would like to install video editing software on it.

    I don't want the video installation to mess the audio side of my setup so I would like to do the following: -

    Install Windows 8.1 Pro on 2 separate 256Gb SSD drives. Thus:

    SSD1 would have W8 plus all that is music / audio related.
    SSD2 would have W8 plus all that is video editing related.

    They need to be completely separate from each other, so ideally I would have the option to choose which drive I would want to boot from during start-up.

    Could you please be kind enough to tell me if it's possible / if it makes sense or if there's a better solution - other than buying another computer? :-)

    Thank you so much for your help!
    Sam

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    In which way do you think software would interfere with each other ? Any special drivers that are needed for each set of SW ?
    Yes you can dual boot with same system but you will probably have to buy 2 windows. If you still want to dual boot like that, it would be wise to do it on each disk separately and only after connect both. Than you can have a choice to boot thru BIOS or by using Easy BCD make a many on the first one with which to choose. Other possibilities, have one windows, two accounts or one windows with other in the Virtual machine in the first one.
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    CountMike sorry but have to disagree re windows. Nothing wrong with putting the same version on twice as it is licensed for one machine. and it does not matter how many times it is installed it can only be run one at a time from same machine. This is how I operate my machine and use the second install as a backup.

    samhayman I do not see anything wrong with your plan. As has already been said audio and video software should not conflict so entirely up to you.

    Unless you have won the lottery or have a kind benefactor I would suggest that you also use a fast HDD to hold the data from both SSD as it can be a combined data store which is easy to backup and also give you more space on your SSD for programs and working space

    Go for it

    Keith
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center, Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1


    Quote Originally Posted by kaybee327 View Post
    CountMike sorry but have to disagree re windows. Nothing wrong with putting the same version on twice as it is licensed for one machine. and it does not matter how many times it is installed it can only be run one at a time from same machine. This is how I operate my machine and use the second install as a backup.

    samhayman I do not see anything wrong with your plan. As has already been said audio and video software should not conflict so entirely up to you.

    Unless you have won the lottery or have a kind benefactor I would suggest that you also use a fast HDD to hold the data from both SSD as it can be a combined data store which is easy to backup and also give you more space on your SSD for programs and working space

    Go for it

    Keith
    Sorry but you are wrong about this. If you install it twice, you need two licenses. Check the EULA. A drive or partition is considered a computer and only one installation is allowed per license.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Yes, legally you would need 2 copies of Windows. Dual boot two copies of win 7 32 bit with one license disc - Microsoft Community.

    The bigger question is why? What 2 pieces of software are you worried about? What conflicts are you concerned about?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I have two installs side by side, the only thing I had to do was activate the 2nd one by phone. When the prompt asks you "how many machines are you installing this version of Windows on" just say one and you're good to go.
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    Windows 8.1


    Hi guys,

    Thanks for your replies.

    The reason I want to separate video-editing stuff from music-composition stuff, is because every major reliable website highly suggests that a machine used as a DAW should have only that software installed on it (and obviously an OS and plugins etc, but nothing else).

    And for eg, the internet should be disconnected and not have an anti-virus running, OS updates turned off, so on and so forth.

    So in view of all this I want to make 100% sure that I'm not messing up with the DAW hard-drive in any way whatsoever.

    I know that for you guys this might sound like over-the-top fixation or even downright stupid, but I know very little about computers except using software, so if anything gets messed up I'm in trouble :-)

    Yes I do my backups and archiving etc, but my schedule doesn't allow me much time to stay messing up and fixing problems.

    Thank you once again for your kind help!
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    Actually if it's on IDENTICAL hardware it should work -- Windows is licensed PER MACHINE if you read the "blurb" carefully). Installing on TWO SSD's is identical to re-installing windows on to a new HDD -- nobody on this planet (or any other one) has told me that you can't install windows on a new HDD if you want to.

    You obviously can't run these at the same time.

    A Virtual Machine counts as a DIFFERENT machine so if you go the virtual route you'd need a separate Windows license. Running though on the same PHYSICAL machine with identical hardware would only need ONE activation.

    Install your ist copy of windows to your SSD and activate it BEFORE installing your software. Now with ACRONIS / other imaging program backup the image and restore it to second SSD. Now you should have TWO activated copies of windows.

    Boot SSD nr 1 - install your software.

    Boot SSD nr 2 install your other software.

    Job done !!!

    Note - use the BIOS boot menu to choose which SSD you boot when starting the machine. - Don't bother with things like Easybcd etc -- keep it SIMPLE.

    Remember though when taking backups to note carefully which backup goes with what SSD. !!!!

    If using UEFI then it's OK too -- simply use the boot menu when starting to boot to the relevant HDD/SSD.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there

    Actually if it's on IDENTICAL hardware it should work -- Windows is licensed PER MACHINE if you read the "blurb" carefully). Installing on TWO SSD's is identical to re-installing windows on to a new HDD -- nobody on this planet (or any other one) has told me that you can't install windows on a new HDD if you want to.


    Cheers
    jimbo
    Thank goodness for that as I have been doing that for a number of years I was expecting a knock on the door by the "Microsoft Police" and some serious jail time as I would not - could not pay

    Keith
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by kaybee327 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there

    Actually if it's on IDENTICAL hardware it should work -- Windows is licensed PER MACHINE if you read the "blurb" carefully). Installing on TWO SSD's is identical to re-installing windows on to a new HDD -- nobody on this planet (or any other one) has told me that you can't install windows on a new HDD if you want to.


    Cheers
    jimbo
    Thank goodness for that as I have been doing that for a number of years I was expecting a knock on the door by the "Microsoft Police" and some serious jail time as I would not - could not pay

    Keith
    Hi there.

    I have the same probs with the possibility of the "TV Licensing" Gestapo knocking at my door when I'm in the UK.

    I don't have to PROVE I'm innocent - it's their job to prove me GUILTY. - however actually without Police attendance only the Postman and people asking for directions have a right to be on your property - you can eject anyone else as TRESPASSERS !! including non High Court Bailiff's and other nasty thuggy undesirable individuals.

    You can sleep easily in your bed now. !!!

    English Case law reference :

    Armstrong v Sheppard & Short Ltd [1959]
    2 QB 384. per Lord Evershed M.R.).

    (Takes a Bolshie foreigner like me to find out the Law. !!!!)

    Cheers
    jimbo
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