I am looking to update my computer over the next few weeks and I am wondering how to go about with the transition of all the software(CS5 and LR), plugins and setup on to the new computer. I have specific plugins that i purchased for PS and have Magic Bullet Looks for AE. I was also wondering what i am going to have to do with LR. I have almost 750GB of media on a raid drive on what will be the old computer. The majority of my media is stored on a segate external drive so that wont be that big of a problem. What i was going to do with the old computer is add a few more hard drives to the RAID and make it a system drive.
Where do i start and what other concerns should i be having?
Thanks in advance!
This is very dependent on both what Operating System you are using (Windows, OSX etc) and if you wanted to keep all of your data from you old computer or just the adobe parts.
The ideal way to do this would be to perform what is known as a bare metal backup using software such as Shadow Protect and then install the image it creates on to your new system. With this method you would keep everything and just be changing hardware ensuring all of your settings are still the same and being able to continue as if you hadnt changed computer at all. The only difference you would see is a large increase of the speed.
If you would like me to explain anything further please pm me or contact me on my site at: http://viesystems.co.uk
Moving this discussion to the Photoshop Lightroom forum.