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Thanks to all: Hayward, Frank and Mr. Dave ...
There is still a tiny sliver of 'unknown,' i.e., using the earlier hard drives as I'd like to keep the latest one with new RealTracks, etc. stored away ... but basically you've sorted me out.
I was ignorant of the 3 installations. As I've already relocated the contents of my 2021 Audiophile to an internal hard drive I can use the 2021 version with my laptop or simply copy the additional 2021 data to the 2017 version.
I'll now wipe and reformat the oldest one for back up storage.
Best to all.
On Friday, January 15, 2021, 3:50:47 PM PST, Hayward Martin <haywardmartin@...> wrote:
You can use the licence on up to three computers at once. You can deactivate s licence on a computer, from your account on pgmusic.com, and then activate it on another if you need to free up a licence, in order
to substitute a different computer.
From: main@Band-In-A-Box.groups.io <main@Band-In-A-Box.groups.io> on behalf of Frank Curran via groups.io <funguitar@...>
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 6:43:25 PM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: [Band-In-A-Box] Audiophile Hard Drive Question?
It is my impression that when you buy BIAB, PG Music allows you to use it on your desktop and on your laptop with no extra charges. You might want to chat with PG Music support online to check.
On Jan 15, 2021, at 2:54 PM, Mr Dave <immrdave@...> wrote:
I'm pretty sure that if you have a previous version activated on your laptop, you won't have to "de-activate" it to activate the latest version on your desktop.
I'm also pretty sure the "extra files" other than the main program, remain the same from one version to the next, just maybe some some additional new ones.
If PG Music invalidates previous version serial numbers and prevents their activation once you purchase a new version, I'm not aware of it.
( I haven't tried it yet. I'm not saying they wouldn't frown upon it, but I don't think they would bring legal action.)
From: main@Band-In-A-Box.groups.io <main@Band-In-A-Box.groups.io> on behalf of D F Tweedie via groups.io <bienpegaito@...>
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 4:58 PM
To: Main <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [Band-In-A-Box] Audiophile Hard Drive Question?
I hope my emails are going through? They seem to come back to me from the server ... but my previous two queries regarding RealTracks did not get a single reply.
Hopefully this one will bring some feedback.
So, I now have 3 Audiophile hard drives. As I understand, since I've upgraded, the program authorizations from my earlier two are invalid.
I would dearly like to be able to use the next to last one on my laptop, as the most recent one is authorized to my studio desktop.
So, here's the question (s). If I purchase a second BIAB license with just the basic software and install it on my laptop will I be able to use the data on the other hard drive with all the RealTracks?
Of, if the data is encrypted in some way (which I am pretty sure it is not), does PG Music have some consideration to let me 'authorize' use of the older Audiophile with an additional license?
Thanks for any input.