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7 Hours to Install Final Cut Studio 2??

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Dustham Calculating status...
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Jan 27, 2008 4:34 PM
I just installed Final Cut studio 2 on my Brand New Mac Pro and it took 7 hours... I installed it on my other Mac Pro back in May and it maybe took maybe an hour. I was just going to ask and see if this was normal or if I should be concerned. I have also put a black magic card in the machine and run into some issues with that as well.

Thanks for any thoughts you may have.
MacPro, Mac OS X (10.5.1), 6Gb of Ram, 2.8Quad
  • Forrest McElfresh1 Level 5 Level 5 (4,115 points)
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    Jan 27, 2008 8:51 PM (in response to Dustham)
    "I've just spent four hours burying the cat."

    "Four hours?"

    "It kept wriggling about and trying to get away."

    "It wasn't dead then?"

    "No, but it's not at all a well cat."
    Mac Pro1,1 8 core; G5 dual 2.0 & dual 1.8; 2 X MDD 1.25; DA 1.33: ad nuseaum, Mac OS X (10.5.1), Chimeras All
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,575 points)
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    Jan 28, 2008 10:38 AM (in response to Dustham)
    Sounds to me like a funky slow Seagate drive. They can take 9 hrs to zero, when a WD Caviar of same size would be an hour.
    Mac Pro Nvidia 8600GTS, Windows Vista, Ultimate x64-SP1(RC) Sonnet 4EP 6GB 4 x WD Raptors Cinema HD APC RS1500
  • travis27 Calculating status...
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    Jan 28, 2008 11:41 AM (in response to The hatter)
    it took 4 hours to install on mine. there's only so many times you can wiggle with the mouse and check your mail while it installs
    As for the cat, we don't have one - so that doesn't come into it.
    iMac Intel 20" / MBP 17" / MacPRO 8core, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • kiomon Calculating status...
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    Feb 13, 2008 7:01 PM (in response to Dustham)
    its taking forever on my computer as well, which is SUPER annoying. How do we know if we have one of the drives with the cache disabled. I hear thats been happening...
    MacBook Pro 2.2 15", Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Tom K 7 Calculating status...
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    Feb 13, 2008 7:55 PM (in response to kiomon)
    My Mac dealer, when I ordered my (yet to arrive) 3ghz Macpro told me he'd install FCS2 for me as it took some time to install , I thought that odd too. and he advised to order the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT as well.
    From what I have been reading on the boards in the last two weeks he's on the money, I hope this "latest n greatest" is not a nightmare box. Finally "Forrest" My cat is alive and well and meowing loudly at the door while I type, should it require dispatching I'll drop you a line.
    Cheers
    Tom K
    G5 Quad 2.5 & Dual 1.25 & G4 1Gig, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Kona LSe Tb's of Storage & Ram Lots of mac stuff
  • Thomas Emmerich Level 4 Level 4 (3,470 points)
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    Feb 13, 2008 9:54 PM (in response to Dustham)
    It took about 2.5 hours to install FCS2 on my Mac Pro. That includes all content from all DVDs except the tutorial. The installer estimated more than 5 hours when I started but apparently there's some sort of time warp with FCS2 installer. My drive is a Hitachi 750GB HUA721075KLA330 (from System Profiler) that I got from OWC.
    Mac Pro 2.8 Dual Quad, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 10GB RAM, SAMSUNG 245BW Display
  • GRS Level 3 Level 3 (890 points)
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    Feb 15, 2008 12:50 PM (in response to Dustham)
    Interestingly, on a 1st gen macpro dual dual core 3g w 6g ram and seagate drive it took a bit over 5 hours to install the entire fcs2. On a 2008 dual quad 3g, 8g ram with raptor holding os and apps, it took 2 hours. It was a pleasant surprise.
    MacPro 3.0, Macbook Pro 17", Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,575 points)
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    Feb 15, 2008 1:27 PM (in response to GRS)
    Raptor vs Seagate
    Mac Pro 6GB Vista x64, Mac OS X (10.5.2), Sonnet 4EP 6GB 4 x WD ACD x 2 APC RS1500
  • bigwheel Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Apr 20, 2008 11:53 AM (in response to Dustham)
    Here's the trick you NEED to know.

    Once you know how to do this you will never again need to waste an entire evening inserting DVD's.

    1) Make disk images of all your DVD's using Disk Utility. Be sure to save them as DVD/CD Master in the Image Format dialogue box, with no compression added. Save all the disk images to an external drive if possible. Final Cut Pro users all have big external drives, but in a pinch this would work off an internal drive if you have the space.

    2) Mount all of the DVD copies on your desktop, all of them at one time. This assumes you have ample memory, which if you are running Final Cut Pro you'd better have.

    3) Start the install. Select your options. Then watch the magic as your Mac loads the DVD copies on your desktop until the process is done. It's that easy.

    It takes a while to make the disk images, but once you have them saved to your external drive you can use them again when you get a new machine or need to reinstall for any reason. This works with Logic Studio as well as the Adobe suites- I've used this process for years. In the old days we used this process for floppies; works just as well with CD's and DVD's. Once you try it you will be dedicating an external drive to software installer disk images.

    Cool, or what?

    Message was edited by: bigwheel
    MacBook Pro 15" 12.6, Mac Pro Octocore, Evil PC, Mac OS X (10.5.2), My Shuffle has 25x more capacity than my first Mac
  • ekwipt Calculating status...
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    May 20, 2008 8:48 PM (in response to Dustham)
    Big Wheel, i used your method and it seemed to work well. I have one question though. I mounted all of the disks onto my desktop (it seems you have to do one at a time though [ your post was a little confusing ]) during install it didn't ask for any of the other disks and i was wondering does this method alow the operating system to automatically install the seperate disk content in the drives automatically. Or do I have to manually install each disk after the 1st one.

    It does seem that there is some content in the folders i specified but i can't work out if this was from the install disk 1.

    If i don't have to manually install anyting else, you sir are a genius!!!
    Early 2008 MACPRO, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • bigwheel Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    May 21, 2008 9:50 AM (in response to ekwipt)
    You can mount all of the disks simultaneously, if you have adequate resources; that means lots of memory and available hard drive space.

    If you are installing Final Cut Studio you will presumably have adequate resources in place for this trick to work. Once all the disk images are mounted you merely need to select your desired installation options and then let your computer perform the magic whilst you enjoy a break. That's all there is to it!
    MacBook Pro 15" 12.6, Mac Pro Octocore, Evil PC, Mac OS X (10.5.2), My Shuffle has 25x more capacity than my first Mac
  • ekwipt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 21, 2008 4:16 PM (in response to bigwheel)
    I have a 8 core macpro with 16 gigs of ram and i couldn't mount them all simultaneously. When i did everything went like when explorer crashes in windows xp. I reset the machine after that. After mounting the drives 1 at a time I had them all mounted on my desktop together.

    Everything went fine after that and i believe all of the content is there. Thanks for the tip
    Early 2008 MACPRO, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
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