[Audio] Mac Pro 2009 to 2010 switching between for work

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Boneheadxan, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. Boneheadxan macrumors regular

    Boneheadxan

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    Hello all,

    I mostly work with professional audio softwares. I currently have two studios setup. One is running a Mac Pro 2009 model with all my softwares/sessions/drivers installed. The newer studio has the Mac Pro 2010/11 which has just come in.

    Since the two setups are in different locations, I was wondering if I could have the 2009 setup on a portable internal drive and use something like Carbon Copy Cloner to have a replica? Or carry the main internal HD from the 2009 MP.

    Will this work? Will the software licenses work without re-installing or re-authorising? I previously recovered a MBP from a Time Machine backup and all my licenses broke and I had to re-authorise.

    I'm trying to escape the pain of re-installing hundreds of softwares. This is just for my work, so won't be running both systems simultaneously.

    Any help is appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. ElderBrE macrumors regular

    ElderBrE

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    Depends on the licenses, but if it's just to avoid the pain of re-installing, you can just do this process once, taking your hard drive and duplicating it on the new machine. Depending on the licenses, you might have to re-enter them, but then that would be it.
     
  3. derbothaus macrumors 601

    derbothaus

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    Bare metal image from HDD to HDD is the best you can do really. Or restore from .dmg image. I'm pretty sure I have not needed to re-auth my stuff this way. It is the SW that uses archaic methods of authentication. Audio is some of the worst for that especially with smaller companies plug-ins. Very rare that imaging works without this as they have little "self destruct" files that vanish or are tied to HW (Apple does not do this) The Pro-Tools types do. So you don't steal their plug! Anyway best bet is image from .dmg clone or pop in an HDD, boot to external OS and do a restore from one HDD to the next.
     
  4. Boneheadxan thread starter macrumors regular

    Boneheadxan

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    Thanks guys. I'm going to give it a shot and see how it goes. :cool:
     

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