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#442252 - 12/03/17 03:27 AM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] 2018 upgrade question
DeaconBlues09 Offline

Registered: 03/21/17
Posts: 172
Loc: Merkaz, Israel
I run BIAB off the separate HD it came pre-installed on, and have virtually no space at all on my laptops internal drives. If I decide to upgrade to BIAB 2018, will I be able to use that same hard drive to reinstall over 2017?

Basically, I live in a country where import customs can are arbitrarily punitive and generally insane, and had to wait ages for a relative to come from the US to bring over the HD for BIAB 2017. Therefore, simply having a new HD shipped with 2017 is not a great option, especially as I have no idea when said relative will be coming again.

Note that I have the 2017 UltraPlusPAK, with the 49pak, and the hard drive I run it from still has 108 GB of empty space.
Band-in-a-Box 2018 PlusPAK w 2018 Bonus Pak. Lenovo IdeaPad 110: ISK Windows 10 Home 64-bit. CPU: Intel Core i3 @ 2.00GHz Skylake-U/Y 14nm Technology. RAM: 8.00GB Dual-Channel. 238GB SSD

#442253 - 12/03/17 03:47 AM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: 2018 upgrade question [Re: DeaconBlues09]
Noel96 Offline

Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 12735
Loc: Australia

Yes you should be able to purchase the PlusPak and maybe the 49Pak (if you're interested) and install all the files to the USB drive.

A couple of things to do before that though...

1. Check this with PG Music Sales staff. I suggest sending an email to and asking them or using the toll-free phone number found under the 'Support' link at the top of the webpage.

2. Make a copy of the USB drive with BIAB 2017.

BIAB 2018 completely re-organises the file and directory structure that existed in BIAB 2017. Making a copy of your current USB drive is a good safeguard in case you need to return to BIAB 2017 or if something unexpected happens during the update process.

It would be worth logging in to the PG Music sales site and having a look at your registered products. If BIAB 2017 is there, you will not need to make a backup copy.

Hope this helps,


#442257 - 12/03/17 03:57 AM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: 2018 upgrade question [Re: Noel96]
DeaconBlues09 Offline

Registered: 03/21/17
Posts: 172
Loc: Merkaz, Israel
Thanks a lot, Noel 96! :-)
Band-in-a-Box 2018 PlusPAK w 2018 Bonus Pak. Lenovo IdeaPad 110: ISK Windows 10 Home 64-bit. CPU: Intel Core i3 @ 2.00GHz Skylake-U/Y 14nm Technology. RAM: 8.00GB Dual-Channel. 238GB SSD

#442266 - 12/03/17 05:19 AM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: 2018 upgrade question [Re: DeaconBlues09]
Matt Finley Offline

Registered: 07/12/00
Posts: 16982
Loc: Hudson Valley & Lake George NY
Great advice from Noel.

Yes, I think your drive should have enough space.
BIAB 2018 PC Audiophile; [& 2017 Mac]. Software: Mixcraft, Adobe Audition, Ozone, Encore; Win 10 64 Pro. Hardware: custom i7, 16 Gb RAM; Roland Integra-7, Focusrite 18i20(2), TCE Finalizer, Behringer X-Touch, Adam sub & 6" monitors.

#449146 - 01/04/18 07:52 PM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: 2018 upgrade question [Re: DeaconBlues09]
Mike Halloran Offline

Registered: 04/24/17
Posts: 53
Loc: Sillie Con Valley, California
The Audiophile libraries are not available for download. The other versions are.

I don’t know the answer to your question but I would just buy a hard drive and download BIAB to it ... unless you are running Audiophile like I.

It would be nice if PG Music made all versions available for download but they don’t.
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