03-01-2012 02:14 PM
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03-02-2012 01:11 PM
Using the Aero look in Windows 7 does hit the CPU a bit, but with a powerful and capable discrete video card, Aero uses the GPU (Graphics processing unit) more than the CPU. Considering that modern CPUs are extremely fast it's safe to use the Aero interface on a PCAudioLabs system. On older model CPUs, like the AMD Athlon or Intel Pentium D, or systems without discrete graphics, it might be best to disable Aero, and also might be required for smooth audio playback. In our experience, the Aero look allows for a graphically rich interface without compromising on smooth audio recording and playback.
Actually, I do have a question...I really like the "Aero" look. Some people have said that it reduces performance (the documentation for Pro Tools even recommended turning it off with slower computers), while others have said that with a decent graphics board (this system uses an NVIDIA GeForce GT 440) the graphics board does the hard work and doesn't really stress out the CPU. I think I'll ping PC Audio Labs and see what they have to say about it.
03-02-2012 01:19 PM
Using the hard drive as a storage medium is rather inexpensive compared to the cost of tape. It's essential to backup your music files and it's not all that expensive to do so by purchasing a second hard drive of the same size. Many people ask us about the best way to do backup and so I wrote up a few documents on some ways to accomplish this.
03-04-2012 09:40 PM
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03-05-2012 04:11 PM
And now....a question for PCAL Fred. IIRC, system restore came disabled on my system. Was that a conscious decision that's a PCAL "policy," or something that was done specifically with my computer? Would you recommend leaving system restore on or off? I leave it on, because you never know...
03-05-2012 04:42 PM
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03-07-2012 03:52 PM
I go a bit overboard. I'll set up a system with the os and updates... ghost that as my starter image.
Then add in an install of certain apps I routinely use. Then ghost that to a second image file folder on the external backup drive.
Then add in a program like a daw ... then ghost that to a third image when all is working okay.
And then install vsts .. and ghost that overall setup profile.
That way, I can go back several levels if I want at any time ... or delete any "along the way" images if I find I never go back to them. The very first image is a fantastic time saver for going back to square one .. compared to doing a fresh install, which to me, is the most time consuming thing.
Same thing as system restore in some ways I suppose.. but Ghost is really fast and I've been using it for years so.. less to learn. Plus, I just don't like the idea of system restore running in the background.
On top of everything else, my entire system drive and secondary drives are in removable trays so that I can pop in an entirely different os drive etc.. which itself then has its own array of backup images. Didn't you say that you use trays and bays for alternate os etc on your computers Craig?
03-07-2012 05:31 PM
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03-09-2012 09:30 AM
Ghost does entire backups, or incremental, or just certain folders/files, on demand or on a schedule etc. I primarily use it for full backups on a manual basis. Don't think I've ever used it on a schedule basis or for incremental backups, or for just backing up certain folders. For individual folders that change a lot, I just copy those to external drives as needed. I'm up to Ghost 15 (started way back with the dos-based 2003 version) and it's never screwed up yet. I sense it's not the most popular brand, but it works cool for me. Plus, with the way I back up, it's nice to be able to think ..."go ahead drives, screw up in any way possible, any time you want. A quick restore is always only 15 minutes away".
03-09-2012 03:41 PM
03-10-2012 06:27 AM
Norton Ghost has been around for a while and I agree that it's a good backup utility, probably one of the most useful tools in the Norton Suite. Other options include Acronis True Image and Paragon Drive Backup. There are also Linux backup utilities included on Linux boot CDs and can be used to do your cloning, file level backups, and incremental backups.
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