Using dual booting for video editing

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by P & T Barnum, Sep 12, 2004.

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    P & T Barnum Guest

    Has anyone set up their computer to dual boot, ie booting up into a
    partition that only runs XP (say) and the video editing software program and
    nothing else. I have a separate hd for capturing but was wondering if this
    dual booting idea is a feasible option. PP
    P & T Barnum, Sep 12, 2004
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    deco_time Guest

    We actually use a different hard drive on a slide drawer. Take's about a
    minute to shut off, slide the hard drive out/in and reboot; it work's
    very well. We did that for sound recording actually, as optimising a
    workstation for use as a DAW is somewhat not very compatible with a
    general use computer, but we do all video work on from this HD also. The
    only pain was to get all the different software, including the OS,
    The best option, of course, is to get a dedicated workstation, but the
    taxman left our bank account empty this year so we had to make a change
    of plan, and we found this to be a practical workaround.
    deco_time, Sep 12, 2004
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    P & T Barnum Guest

    That sounds pretty much what I have in mind (damn that tax man eh!?). I
    have considered a portable HD but, since the ones I have a both pretty big
    and well under used, thought I could perhaps do the same thing using just
    partitioning although I must admit, when it comes to partitions I am not
    really 'current' with how it all works. But, thanks very much for the quick
    response. I am certainly going to consider that option.
    P & T Barnum, Sep 12, 2004
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    deco_time Guest

    Ho, we don't use portable HD but 2 regular IDE HD with a drawer kit that
    fit in a regular 5" bay, like this:
    and an extra drawer for the second HD.
    I don't think you can boot from a USB or Firewire HD.
    deco_time, Sep 12, 2004
  5. Note that booting from an external drive is tricky at best
    and frequently not possible.

    Even dual-booting (whether separate partitions or not) is tricky.
    You didn't mention why you think you have to dual-boot?
    Is that really your only option?
    Richard Crowley, Sep 12, 2004
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    Maurice Guest

    Apart from a number of non-bootable partitions on my three hard drives, my
    main system drive is dual-boot. One for general use (I name it "office"
    partion) and the other for editing only (guess what I name THAT?) with very
    little else on it that is not directly connected with video/audio editing.
    In essence you have two separate computers except for the common boards and

    If the two partitions and the boot.ini files are installed properly it is
    faultless in operation. The machine initializes and asks you which partition
    you wish to boot into, select and off you go. Not really tricky at all once
    it is set up properly. BTW you can have up to four main partitions on each

    Maurice Fleisher <>
    High Wycombe. UK
    Maurice, Sep 12, 2004
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    P & T Barnum Guest

    Maurice, with your system, did you have to load, say WinXP, into two
    different partitions. You seem to have the set up that I am thinking of.
    One (your 'office' system) obviously is for all to use and for all uses.
    The other (and my guess is 'editing' - am I right!!?) is a bare bones boot,
    just with my video editing and associated software. Whilst my system is
    fairly stable (I use Pinnacle's Liquid Edition and Studio 8) it does tend to
    freeze/crash on occasions causing some discomfort. Liquid talks about
    'instant' saves (it saves one's work x times a second) which is great but
    sometimes it seems to revert to some other, albeit only slightly, different
    project timeline.

    I would be very interested to hear in more detail how you accomplished, and
    have, your dual boot set up and whether you feel it has been beneficial.

    Phil in Oz (who once visited High Wycombe!)
    P & T Barnum, Sep 13, 2004
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    Bill Mecca Guest

    Maybe an easier solution is just to have different user profiles, that
    way you can easily log out and back in under the other profile and
    only have the drivers, hardware, and TSR's needed for that particular

    I have a dedicated workstation so I haven't run into this type issue
    yet, just brainstorming a bit. ;-)
    Bill Mecca, Sep 13, 2004
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    P & T Barnum Guest

    Thanks Bill.

    Thought of this too but don't believe it is the same as having a dual boot
    system whereby the computer boots up into an entirely different
    configuration. Not sure though. I guess in some ways this is more a
    question for a computer 'geek'. Just wondered if anyone doing NLE had any
    previous experience of using this type of set-up and if there were any
    advantages to doing it this way.

    I would also be interested in any advice as to how I can get my wife to
    allow me to spend up on a dedicated workstation though!!
    P & T Barnum, Sep 14, 2004
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