I recently splurged on a refurb ASUS G74 laptop to dedicate entirely to graphics and possibly video
work. I'm looking forward to NOT having it be my primary computer so it can escape my desktop clutter, email, etc.
It has 2 twin 500 GB hard drives. After following instructions on creating recovery disks and doing other setup tasks, I
suddenly realized that the 2nd HD wasn't showing up in My Computer. However, it does show up under Computer
Management-->Storage-->Disk Management. (picture attached I hope) The "missing" disk is Disk 0, listed as Simple, Basic,
Healthy, Online, Primary Partition, and 100% free space. It also shows no file system listed. The problem: the popup menu
that should let me format it, etc. is completely greyed out except for 2 selections: Delete Volume and Help.
don't really understand hard drives & partitioning well, so please pardon these newbish questions:
1) For Disk 0,
am I right to assume it's a blank, unformatted drive? What am I supposed to do so I can make it available for file storage?
This 2nd drive is also where I would normally stick a Windows backup image along with my other non-program files.
2) The remaining 3 items on the list of drives appear to be partitions of the other hard drive (in the picture also).
There's a 25 GB partition that is similarly data-free and without formatting or drive letter (I suspect this was originally
an ASUS restore image but I'm assuming it's not any longer); a Data D: partition that is NTFS formatted, also free; and the
C: drive that seems to be functioning fine. For what reason would I want to leave these big empty partitions lying around?
Can I remove them without jeopardizing my OS & programs on C: that I have been busy installing?
Thanks for any
help you can give.