Posted 02 July 2012 - 04:25 PM
I just bought a new Asus N53SN laptop and I've been customizing it, installingmy software and moving files over from my ancient Dell Inspiron laptop. I've been used to using Dells (I've had 3), so this Asus has me confused in a few areas.
1. I ran the AI Recovery Burner when it suggested I do so and I have the 4 recovery discs. So that hides the backup partition. The discs, if used), restore the computer to factory settings. Now I can't use the Windows Backup to backup my files to the recovery partition because it says "Recovery (R:) Disconected. Backup size unavailable." I know, ideally you're supposed to backup to an external hard drive, but I don't have one at the moment. I don't mind occasionally backing up to DVDs, but I'm not going to do that all the time because that's expensive too. But the fact is, I can't even use Windows backup to back up my files to anywhere because it is disabled.
When I asked Asus support why the AI Recovery disables the Windows backup, they told me it may be a problem with the operating system and I should reset to factory settings via F9 when starting. That wasn't a very helpful answer.
Should I uninstall AI Recovery Burner and just go with Windows backup? I was able to set a System Restore point. If I uninstall the AI Recovery Burner, will the 4 discs I made still work if I need them?
2. Hard drive space. I'm supposed to have 750 GB of space. My C: drive has 293 GB and the D: (Data) drive has 380 GB, so I guess that leaves 77 GB for the hidden R: (Recovery) drive. I don't understand why I have two partitions. I wanted more storage for all of my software (I'm a virtual assistant). I keep most of my work files on a USB that is connected to Dropbox, so those files are safe and accessible from anywhere. My personal files (photos, music, videos) get saved in the alloted directories, which are on the C: drive. My software all gets installed on the C: drive. So what the heck am I supposed to do with the 380 GB of storage in the D: drive? I need that in the C: drive. Or should I be changing the install route of my software to D:? Or should I be reconfiguring backups to D:?
At this point, I don't want to go messing around with things too much because I've spent a lot of time getting this laptop set up to work on and I don't have time to start over. Any suggestions please and thank you? LOL