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Old 02-08-2013, 07:39 AM
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Default Activating Old Versions of Sound Designer & Pro Tools

I have an old Quadra 650 running OS 8.1 that has an old version of Sound Designer (2.8) and Pro Tools (3.2) on it that I haven't used in years. I went to fire it up the other day, and each application asked me to insert the install disk to authorize. Well, those disks have long since been lost.

Does anyone know of any way to activate these old versions without the original disks?

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Old 02-08-2013, 09:34 AM
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Nope, you need the floppy authorizer. The authorization is either kept on the floppy, which means the floppy needs to be inserted every time you launch the program, or you can copy the authorization from the floppy to the hard drive. However if you do that and the hard drive gets reformatted, or it fails, you're screwed. If you re-formatted the drive without moving your auth back on to the floppy first, your auth is gone forever. Same goes if you try and copy the floppy.

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Old 02-08-2013, 11:36 AM
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True, you need the floppy diskette that either has the authorization, or was used to authorize the computer.

And to clarify... if you formatted an authorized drive you could actually use the floppy to re-authorize that drive (the floppy knows which drive it authorized). I tested/confirmed this myself back in the day.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:42 PM
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Send me PM off list, I could help you in getting these old software jewels back to life.
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