Here's the deal. I'm a gamer, first and foremost. Due to unforseen circumstance I was "awarded" a Hewlett Packard a6000n. Compared to the boat anchor I was using before, it's a step up. AMD 64 dual processor, nVIDIA ge6300 (a step down from my previous 7-series), 250 gigs of hard drive and ACK ACK ACK VISTA!!!? EW. It may be good for grandmaw, but it is muey inadequate for gaming. The main problem is sharing resources with Vista's resource gluttony. The OS uses half the processor, so you'd have to double the processor capacity just to give the game what it needs...seems to me. ANYWAY, it occured to me that I could create a recovery disk, in case I want Vista back one day (perish the thought), and use my trusty XP Home disk, presto change-o, dual processor speed, better game function, ta da ta da. But, noooooooooooooooo. The games run like molasses in wintertime, which shouldn't be UNLESS...I did some checking since I heard some time ago, XP doesn't like huge drives. That's my first question: Is it true there's a preferred drive size that makes XP happy, too big and XP gets all kinds of weird? Well, after some poking around, I came across an in-passing comment that XP prefers no larger than 32 gigs. I don't know if that's apocrypha, but you can see where my thinking is going here...PARTITION THE DRIVE. Reduce it to sections, put each of three games on each section, and XP shouldn't be having to do that much work to run the game. Or, so it would seem to one of my limited understanding of such matters. SO, following that line I investigated partitioning XP which led me to an article mentioning Acronis, which I bought today and proceeded to see if all this might be true. SO...I have a drive "H:" labeled "recovery" and the C: on which resides XP running like a bat out of hell, except for the games themselves. Odd. I don't want to touch the H: drive, but to resize the C: which takes up all the remaining space on the drive. It has sixteen gigs of data on it, and my resize was to change it to 50 gigs. I figure that's big enough and leaves 170 gigs or so to divide into three adequate drives to run the three games. (Battlefield 2 being the main one...for those who know...) Long story short (by the time you say that, it's usually too late), when I "commit" to this resize of 50.08 gigs, I get an "invalid partition size" error message. Okay. I did run the wholly inadequate XP defrag program and noticed there are some files located waaaaaaaaaaay to the right on the graphic depiction, obviously in a space that's MORE THAN 50 gigs to the right of where I want my partition. Am I correct in assuming these files must be moved to the left of the 50 gig mark before Acronis is happy with the size of the new partition? That seems logical enough. It would mean I'd have to reinstall XP completely. But, after that everything would be in a tidy spot way to the left. or.... Is there a defrag program that will force these files to fill in from left to right with no open space in between, thus making my 50 gig mark valid. or.... Am I barking up the wrong tree here? I wish to thank in advance anyone who's taken the time to read this. I'll put you on my Christmas card list.