Ah, finally...discovered a means to delete those pesky partitions that has been a hindrance to me. Although, like an idiot, I realized the reason why the boot disk on a CD wasn't working. I didn't burn it as an image file. Well, now I know, lesson learned.
That said, I wanted to delete those partitions that Dell put on the hard drive, so there was nothing but one partition and all the hard drive space it could offer. This may be helpful for those who are struggling with the same problem I did, but I found that the simplest and fastest way to take care of the problem was to completely delete everything on the hard drive, including the partitions, using a DOS program called Killdisk. This will definitely remove any unwanted partitions you may have, thereby allowing you to create new partitions, if you wish.
There's a free and commercial version available, feel free to check it outhttp://www.killdisk.com/
Really helped me out, thank God. Now I can sell the sucker on eBay.