Originally Posted by 3rd Degree
Yup, I was going to suggest the same. I promised myself a SSD but ended up buying a better computer instead. Now I don't want to go through the hassle of re-installing everything.
My advice for moving everything over. Get a separate drive (new). I would get a higher speed drive and more storage than you see yourself ever using. You never know what the future holds. Transfer all your audio stuff here. I am talking about everything, wav and mp3's to all your project files. If you make music, transfer every sample, every sound, every patch, etc. Arrange them to suit your needs (or copy the folders if they are well organized already).
Before you install, make sure everything is working on your current system, off your second drive.
Then, your second drive will become your "audio drive". You should use that for everything audio related. Your C drive should only be for programs, don't put anything else on from here on out.
Once you do this, you really never have to worry about getting a new computer again. All your files will be on a separate drive. Back up this drive often (I do once a week but some would say daily, if not after every project you start/change/finish).
You can also back this drive up to an external and have all your files for a laptop, or to take to any other studio you may go to. I keep an external of everything I have done on me at all times, both for my laptop, and so I have it when we need to go to the studio on the fly.
Thanks for the replies! Would you guys recommend I replace my current hard drive with a SSD or install a SSD to only hold my sounds and project files? I've had my computer since May 2009, bought it new, how long should I expect my hard drive to last before it fails?
I have an HP Pavillion with a dual core 2.5ghz processor, 640gb hard drive, and 6gb ram. Should I upgrade the processor before getting a SSD?
I eventually want to get a Mac and hope my current computer will last me another year.
Any other tips would be appreciated!