Anything I need to do before formatting my Windows 10 isntallation?

Tiggerdyret
Tiggerdyret Member Posts: 10 Member

I'm running into weird performance issues and I think it is time to reset my installation. Problem is I'm in the middle of a big project with tracks that I need to access after formatting.

What are the steps I need to take to make sure all of my Maschine projects are accessible and intact after formatting my Windows drive?

The projects have neem backed up on another drive and so has my plugins folder.

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  • chk071
    chk071 Member Posts: 344 Pro
    edited February 7 Answer ✓

    As far as I'm aware, you only need to reinstall your plugins after you reinstalled Windows, and your projects using those plugins should work.

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  • PK The DJ
    PK The DJ Member Posts: 862 Guru

    More information required.

    What are "weird performance issues"? What is "my installation"?

    In other words, what products are involved, and what issues are you having?

    IMO formatting your drive shouldn't be necessary unless it's really serious, like Windows doesn't boot.

  • Tiggerdyret
    Tiggerdyret Member Posts: 10 Member
    [{"insert":"Well, not wasn't really looking for support on the front, but I appreciate any suggestions. It smells like either Malware or a too hot CPU combined with some file bloat. \nMy 5800x3d CPU is running way too hot and is spiking up when I do simple stuff like browsing, which is very noticeable since the fans start spinning, which they didn't do a month ago. The CPU might always have been running hotter than it should, but I didn't have the problems with the fans spinning up. Reaper runs okay when I first boot it up, but the longer I run it the worse the performance get (introducing clicks and pops) and I have to restart which it didn't need to do a month ago. I have been using Reaper for 10 years and have not had issues like this. Either it performance good or bad depending on the project size. I also had an issue with typing a Youtube comment had massive latency again not something I have experience before.\nI did a CCleaner run which helped a bit I think and ran Malwarebytes which didn't find anything. Ran a quick windows defender scan couldn't find anything either and the full scan ramped the CPU up to 90c, so I didn't want to mess with that.\nI benchmarked my CPU with Cinebench R23 and it is performing a bit worse than it should, but not critically. This data suggest suggests that my cooler is not performing as it should rather than some insidious malware tanking my CPU, but who know?\nThis could all be coincidental thought. You experience one problem and suddenly you start noticing all the issues. I think my temps where not great before but of course I started testing those and they are much worse than I thought. I have ordered a new CPU cooler and I will check if the paste was poorly applied on the old unit when I install it.\nApart from that I do need a fresh reset anyways. It's been years. I like to format once in a while to start clean so I know exactly what is going on. But yeah, I'm in the middle of a big project and it would best to not mess up my projects until I have finished this task.\n"}]
  • Tiggerdyret
    Tiggerdyret Member Posts: 10 Member
    Well, not wasn't really looking for support on the front, but I appreciate any suggestions. It smells like either Malware or a too hot CPU combined with some file bloat.
    My 5800x3d CPU is running way too hot and is spiking up when I do simple stuff like browsing, which is very noticeable since the fans start spinning, which they didn't do a month ago. The CPU might always have been running hotter than it should, but I didn't have the problems with the fans spinning up. Reaper runs okay when I first boot it up, but the longer I run it the worse the performance get (introducing clicks and pops) and I have to restart which it didn't need to do a month ago. I have been using Reaper for 10 years and have not had issues like this. Either it performance good or bad depending on the project size. I also had an issue with typing a Youtube comment had massive latency again not something I have experience before.

    I did a CCleaner run which helped a bit I think and ran Malwarebytes which didn't find anything. Ran a quick windows defender scan couldn't find anything either and the full scan ramped the CPU up to 90c, so I didn't want to mess with that.\nI benchmarked my CPU with Cinebench R23 and it is performing a bit worse than it should, but not critically. This data suggest suggests that my cooler is not performing as it should rather than some insidious malware tanking my CPU, but who know?

    This could all be coincidental thought. You experience one problem and suddenly you start noticing all the issues. I think my temps where not great before but of course I started testing those and they are much worse than I thought. I have ordered a new CPU cooler and I will check if the paste was poorly applied on the old unit when I install it.

    Apart from that I do need a fresh reset anyways. It's been years. I like to format once in a while to start clean so I know exactly what is going on. But yeah, I'm in the middle of a big project and it would best to not mess up my projects until I have finished this task.
  • chk071
    chk071 Member Posts: 344 Pro
    edited February 7 Answer ✓

    As far as I'm aware, you only need to reinstall your plugins after you reinstalled Windows, and your projects using those plugins should work.

  • D-One
    D-One Moderator Posts: 2,755 mod
    edited February 7

    Dont backup just the Projects, back up all the other folders too, you can have stuff in the Samples or Recording folders... Personally, I wouldn't take any chances and would use "Save With Samples" for all projects or clone the whole drive as a backup just in case.

    I would also advise you to have the same user name, same drive letters and that sort of stuff on the new computer so that any paths that might point to audio doesn't break.

  • mykejb
    mykejb Moderator Posts: 900 mod

    If it was me and I was working on paying customer projects I'd replace the disk with a new one. That's a lot safer than than formatting the old one and take the chance of not saving something I need because it's in a random temporary folder I'd forgotten about. I know it's going to add to your costs, but at least you still have a working drive that you can put back in and use if you have problems reinstalling stuff.

    -- Mike

  • Tiggerdyret
    Tiggerdyret Member Posts: 10 Member

    This is the answer I was looking for.


    That is actually not a bad idea. It's more expensive, but you can always use more drive space and it is the safest bet.

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