a place to start. Keep in mind that if you have a computer with a special partition used for re-installing Windows, you may run into problems if you delete it. Some companies, like HP, use a small partition to house the operating system. So you need to know how large the partition is that you're given the option to delete. If you only have a single partition that fills the entire drive, and it's the C: partition, then you can delete it and recreate it if you wish. You can also choose to not use all of the drive when you make the partition and use the remaining space for a second partition if you wish. This is handy for keeping data on, while your operating system and programs reside on the primary partition. But in my considerable reading, I find that XP actually works faster with a single partition. Although I used to use separate partitions in Windows 98, I use only a single partition in XP. However, if you have a very large drive, it might be better to make separate partitions because it takes a lot longer to defrag and scandisk a single large drive - you can do a partition at a time and not take so long, and maybe alternate separate days for maintenance. But for something like an 80-gig drive, I'd just make one partition.