Done some searching but didn't find anything so...... I've replaced a Dell hard drive with one form an Acer laptop that was damaged and binned (yes - the Dell uses laptop drives) and i then installed a frsh xp on to it. In windows the hard drive was split in to 2, c: and d: and i installed xp to c: as per normal. I then used disk director (booting from it's cd) to format the d: as ntfs (it was fat32 where i installed xp on the c: as ntfs) i then deleted the d: partition, and then resized the c: to take up the space once occupied by the d: All worked fine and i've booted in to xp and it now shows just a c: and everything works ok. Going back in to disk director, it actually shows a 5gb hidden partition at the very beginning of the hard drive, physically before the c: This used to be the recovery partition for the Acer laptop but is of no use to me. Can i do as before? Format it as ntfs so it's the same as c: , delete it, and then resize the c: to consume the space it occupied? I'm asking because i'm not sure if it makes any difference doing what i am doing, if the partition you delete is before or after the c: drive? Just worried that it might mess up xp's booting from the c: ?