What a difference it made! By far the biggest improvement in regards to system stability was changing my (BIOS clock setting) from TURBO to NORMAL. This single BIOS change totally improved how my system responds. Thank you Avid.
MISSING AUDIO FILES
One thing that caught me by surprise when I first fired up Pro Tools was the number of audio files that had to be "relinked". At first I totally freaked out when I opened a session because there were no waveforms in my edit window and no audio would play. My gut sank down into my feet and I actually felt a little ill at that moment.
Then I realized what Pro Tools was trying to tell me:
First I had this window with 303 audio files missing. That didn't make me feel any better.
I used the default selection "automatically find and relink". But, if you are missing a large amount of audio files, like I was, there won't be any audio to play until Pro Tools can relink the audio files to the session. So, be patient and wait for them to appear.
PRO TOOLS TASK MANAGER
Once I was in Pro Tools I went to "Window" and then "Task Manager" to see what was going on. It was in the Task Manager window that I saw Pro Tools "relinking" the audio files to the session. After I saw the audio clips appear I felt much better.
I went through all of my session files to "relink them" and then saved them again. I thought everything would be fine after that but I still had "6" missing audio files.
For the life of me I can't figure what they are because all of my sessions play just like they did before the crash.
SYSTEM CONFIGURATIONHere's a quick summary of how my machine is currently set up:
3 Hard Drives -
1 for "Windows 7"
1 for "Pro Tools"
1 for "BFD II"
All "plugins" are installed on the Windows 7 drive
USB devices are "Always on"
Clock mode is "Normal"
All networks are "Disabled"
Drive compression is "Disabled"
Contents indexed is "Disabled"
Latest driver for Avid Mbox 3 Pro was installed
Background Services is "Enabled"
PROCESSOR POWER MANAGEMENT
(Advanced Power Settings Mode)
Hard disk is "Always on"
Minimum processor state = "100%"
Screen Saver = "Never"
Windows Themes are "Disabled"
Thank you for reading,