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  • Christopher Targia

    November 3, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    So, I just got the box for my FCS3 install, I have seen before that you should make a fresh install of FCS instead of just an upgrade, is it 100% necessary? do i need to backup all my files somewhere else or will the new install overwrite them?

  • walter biscardi

    November 3, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    You want to make a clean install of both the OS and Studio 3 if you want an absolutely clean and good running system. So yes, in my book, it’s absolutely necessary to install Studio the correct way from the start.

    I install a new hard drive in my Mac Pro and simply do the complete install to that.

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  • Christopher Targia

    November 3, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    well, im on a company computer, getting a new drive and all that stuff is unnesisary red tape i need to go through, can I keep this OS install and just wipe my FCS and install a new one?

  • walter biscardi

    November 3, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    [Christopher Targia] “well, im on a company computer, getting a new drive and all that stuff is unnesisary red tape i need to go through, can I keep this OS install and just wipe my FCS and install a new one?

    Well, if you want a better than 50/50 chance your system will be unstable, go ahead. If you want a more or less guarantee that your system will be stable, you start over.

    If you can’t get a new drive, just clone the current one and start over.

    It’s your workflow, whatever you want to do. We start over here with all our systems.

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  • Christopher Targia

    November 3, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I have one HDD on my Mac Pro, it is a Raid 5 array, I can backup everything on it onto a External and Redo my OS, is that wise?

  • Joel Peregrine

    November 3, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Hi Chris,

    Just personal experience – I don’t do clean installs unless problems arise. I updated to Snow Leopard and FCS 3 on two computers and both have been great – no crashes. I do run lean systems already though – no additional capture cards or third party hardware that might be broken by updates.

  • walter biscardi

    November 3, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    [Christopher Targia] “I have one HDD on my Mac Pro, it is a Raid 5 array, I can backup everything on it onto a External and Redo my OS, is that wise?

    very wise. There is a free application called Carbon Cloner that you can use to make an exact clone of your HD.

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  • David Roth Weiss

    November 3, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    [Christopher Targia] “I have one HDD on my Mac Pro, it is a Raid 5 array, I can backup everything on it onto a External and Redo my OS, is that wise?”

    The proper way to do what you’re trying to do is:

    1) Clone your system drivve to an inexpensive firewire drive using Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper (both are freeware). This takes between 1 to two hours BTW. This creates a bootable clone that will give you complete security in case things do not go as planned.

    2) Do whatever you decide to do in terms of installation to your system drive knowing you have a way of getting back to your previous state.

    I agree with Walter, a clean install is always best, but otherwise you should use FCP Remover from DigitalRebellion.com to remove FCS2, then install FCS3 after making the clone mentioned above.

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  • Christopher Targia

    November 3, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    I think this is what I will do, the only problem now is, finding 2 hours were I don’t need to use my Mac Pro!

  • Christopher Targia

    November 3, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Also, I can’t seemed to find a serial number with my OSX Disk, do I need one?

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