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    Mac’s Separate “DAW” admin account for music apps ?

    I have Power MAC Dual G5 2,7 GHz
    It’s important to note that since I’ve made some big mistakes as far as handling my apps I’m doing “ erase and install” on my boot drive ,purchasing new boot drive and starting from the scratch - Basically doing whole new setup with my music apps,sample libraries and back up.
    Since I want to do everything right this time - I was gonna ask about following issue
    I’ve been going through some research and in couple of places I’ve read that many people sometimes using two accounts
    - one for music - DAW account and
    - one main account - for all the other activities
    I’ve also found out that there are two different opinions on what this set up can do for you.
    First group claims that this set up allows to keep your DAW system clean and that there are also performance advantages.
    Second group claims that this is clearly for organizing purposes and that won’t probably win you any performance = they also say it might be time consuming to customize your system this way.
    If anybody have any experience with this two account system - please let me know.
    I would really appreciate your feedeback
    Milan

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    Re: Mac’s Separate “DAW” admin account for music apps ?

    Since you are using OSX I would highly recommend only running one user account. In my experience this makes managing software and maintaining your system much easier. Also since OSX is UNIX based (FreeBSD I think) you are not generally running your system as an administrator. When you need to make a system change or install new software the OS will ask you for your admin password to proceed. This provides a level of security for you. On Windows XP, security wise, it might be advantageous to regularly run a non-admin account, but this is also at the expense of convenience.

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    Re: Mac’s Separate “DAW” admin account for music apps ?

    Yeah, I tried the separate admin and it just isn't worth it. Besides, that's the great thing about Macs and OSX, less chance to screw things up even when running all these programs.

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    Re: Mac’s Separate “DAW” admin account for music apps ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sergievsky
    Yeah, I tried the separate admin and it just isn't worth it. Besides, that's the great thing about Macs and OSX, less chance to screw things up even when running all these programs.
    You can make an additional user account once you have your setup working and use it as a backup/reference.

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    Re: Mac’s Separate “DAW” admin account for music apps ?

    Thank you guys for sharing you experience .I'll probably stick with one account.

    Thanks again Milan

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