I may rant a bit here about why I had two computers “die” in just over a week, but I’ll try to not write a book like holster’s mix contest rules. I still don’t know what happened, but Old Faithful acted weird and gave up the ghost and couldn’t be saved. It might have been a drive gone bad, or some other problem. Blue screens and reboots etc. Luckily I had a recent backup with virtually any files I will need again. Then, another PC I had been using as a spare got configured to be my temporary machine while I looked into getting Old Faithful resurrected. It was on Windows 10 but wasn’t used for audio (yet). Then the other morning it just froze booting into Windows and wouldn’t do a thing. Nothing helped. Weird.
I did try to look on the bright side of setting up Old Faithful with a new (system) hard drive and fresh install of Windows 7. The thought of installing a crap-ton of applications and restoring files wasn’t the most appealing … maybe I had collected too much flotsam and jetsam on the old one? So I’m trying to look at the basics and what do I really need, according to a philosophy I’m attempting to live by called “Essentialism”. It’s basically doing whatever your priorities are and ignoring just about everything else.
A new priority when I get the basic install set is some kind of drive cloning service or software to have that image ready to reload in case of fiasco. And maybe to periodically clone it with the latest configuration. I had a Raid 1 when I first got the computer, a mirror system drive that would have been a snap to switch over to (Win 7 secondary plex), but that drive got corrupted or died after a couple years.