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Old 09-29-2017, 01:53 AM
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Hey there!

I move to an old new PC (Dell m6700 Laptop from 2012/13) and wish not to have two separate Windows7 partitions (made by BootUs) in it , like I have for years. (Some of my gear are not compatible with Win8+ so I stick on Win7 64bit) From some Mac users (PT, Logic, Ableton) I know, that they mix email, graphic and music apps in one Mac (just one boot partition). It would be easier for me also to back up a PC with just one boot partition, instead to backup two partitions - especially because this "hide other boot partition"-feature from BootUs sometimes makes problems to recover partitions properly. Especially today (I use PT11, Waves and Adobe CC since 2014) when you need internet connection for authorize nearly all you apps (Adobe, Wave Central, Gobbler, iLock, ...), you need firewall and antivirus software in your "music pc" anyway. So why do not use the "music pc" for office work too?.. Suggestions? Your personal experience? Just have this IRQ, interrupts issues/nightmares from the past, when your music pc have to be as clean as possible

My "new" laptop:
Dell m6700, 16Gb, i7-3740QM Quad - Ivy Bridge, 512Gb SSD, Maudio 1814 sound card (ten+ years old :) via Firewire

Apps I used in the past from an extra Win7 Partition, which I'm also going to use in my new PC laptop:
- PT11 (for short films sound design and VST-Midi)
The projects are on an external USB3 HDD
- Ableton, Waves, some VSt instruments
- Adobe Premiere CC

Now I would pack following programs to my "one boot partition pc":
- Thunderbird
- Firefox
- Open Office / an older MS Office
- Some CAT (computer aided translation)
- Scanner Soft

May I overlook something (just my second post here), but just find a lot of configuration hints in the threads here, but not the answer for my questions. Thank you for answers or links to the older threads.

Greetings!, Andreas
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Old 09-29-2017, 05:15 AM
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I stand by the thing of having two separate computers - one for music and one for everything else. My music machine does not go on the internet. For authorizations I use an offline setup if the developer supports that; also iLok license loads are done using the non-music computer. Any files that I have to download get sneaker-netted over to the music computer.
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Old 09-29-2017, 01:44 PM
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I use to run a separate system drive for audio work but since I bailed on Apple 15 years ago I've done everything on the same computer. I run a second backup system disk with everything one version back in case I run into trouble.
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Old 09-30-2017, 07:41 AM
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Hey Thanks for you ideas.

@Bob
I'm not sure i understood it right was "I bailed on Apple" (an English idiom). So you leave Apple for 15 years, and you work since them on PC with one boot partition for music and also for some offce stuff?
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Having never used my production computers for business or Internet applications, I'm not sure it wouldn't work for some, but I'm not ready to risk it. With a client sitting next to you, even the slightest hiccup can be troublesome.
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I never partition. I use a separate drive for each system. I run office stuff and internet on whichever I'm using.
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...So why do not use the "music pc" for office work too?.. Suggestions? Your personal experience? ...
My personal experience (works for me):

1) Use separate device for web/office.
2) Safe web/office on work PC (online for file sharing).
3) Virus scan.
4) Maintain current boot-drive-image; a simple task to restore to working version.
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