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#441994 - 12/01/17 07:42 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Running BIAB 2018 from Mini HD?
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After having upgraded to the 2017 Everything Pak last year, I have a USB miniHD with BIAB 2014 Everything Pack on it that's been gathering dust.

I'm considering upgrading to the 2018 UltraPak (Everything Pak apparently no longer exists as an option). But I want to copy 2018 UltraPak's contents onto the 2014 miniUSB hard drive and run BIAB 2018 from there. (I don't want to go thru the headache of installing onto my internal hard drive, since its running out of space. And I don't want to run directly off of the original 2018 miniHD because of having to inevitably install BIAB patches etc. to it.) This leads me to a few questions:

a) Will 2018 UltraPak fit onto a 298 GB HD? (That's the size of my 2014 miniHD).

b) Other than loading up a bit slower than it would off my internal HD, are there any drawbacks running BIAB 2018 from the USB hard drive?

c) One of the improvements in BIAB2018 is said to be much lower latency. I have always experienced significant latency when using my keyboard with BIAB (which I always had to use a workaround for.) Does this improved latency in BIAB 2018 address keyboard latency? If so, will that improvement be negatively affected by running BIAB from the external mini USB hard drive?

Thanks!


Edited by newbert (12/01/17 07:43 PM)
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#444271 - 12/11/17 10:32 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Running BIAB 2018 from Mini HD? [Re: newbert]
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Quote:
a) Will 2018 UltraPak fit onto a 298 GB HD?


Yes, the total size is about 130GB

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b) Other than loading up a bit slower than it would off my internal HD, are there any drawbacks running BIAB 2018 from the USB hard drive?


No

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c) One of the improvements in BIAB2018 is said to be much lower latency. I have always experienced significant latency when using my keyboard with BIAB (which I always had to use a workaround for.) Does this improved latency in BIAB 2018 address keyboard latency? If so, will that improvement be negatively affected by running BIAB from the external mini USB hard drive?


Yes it does address keyboard latency via WASAPI, which normally works automatically without any special setup. This isn't affected by whether or not you have the program on an external HD.
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#444323 - 12/11/17 12:46 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Running BIAB 2018 from Mini HD? [Re: Andrew - PG Music]
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Please note the WAS audio driver is not supported in Windows XP but is supported with Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.
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