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Not without problems
on 22 December 2013
Firstly I need to say I got this PC through one of Amazons sellers ILGS (I Love Going Shopping) and they have been pretty decent about the whole thing giving me a refund on a machine that had issues..
If you want to buy this PC you need to be aware that it is not for the less than technical. The PC itself is a beautiful piece of kit with a very high specification. I spent weeks looking at all the available All-In-One (AIO) PCs and this is head and shoulders above for the money.
Problem 1. Day one I started adding my average sized music collection, then my photos only to get a disk full message. What? This is a 2TB machine. Look at File Explorer and you see the disk is partitioned into a very small C drive and a very large DATA drive. ASUS have released the PC with all the data folders (Music, Pictures, Videos, Documents, etc) all on the C drive.
So what do you do? You go into File Explorer, click on each library in turn (Music, Pictures, etc) then properties and location. Change the C: to D: and you are asked if you want to move the contents to the D drive. Click yes and wait for the transfer. OK, now all your data is on the D drive and you need to remember which drive (partition) is holding what.
Now go back to the START screen and click on pictures. Nothing. Windows 8 or 8.1 doesn't know where the data went. Right click or whatever method you want to tell W8 where the data is. Funnily enough it shows ADD FOLDER and also the actual folder where the data is although it is not displayed. I found the only way to get this to work is to click Add Folder and enter the D drive address again although it is already displayed. Restart and Job done. Was this all really necessary?
Problem 2. Although the drive is less that the 2.2TB disk limit that MBR can handle the disk is in GPT format. If you have any disk management software like Partiton Managers DO NOT USE THEM unless specifically desgined for GPT. Your PC will be trashed. Look at the forums if you do not believe me. I nearly made this mistake and was glad I read all the reviews first.
So that is why only 3 stars. A lovely machine let down by the way it is presented. If you are tech savvy, and let's be honest you have to be these days, then this is a serious consideration.
One more thing. You will be lucky to get support from ASUS. I rang ASUS UK and all she had was press F9. I said is that it and she said yes. There is no recovery media available from ASUS for this PC either. Your choice.