My spanking new Dell computer arrived today, and it’s up and running, although i haven’t yet connected it to the internet, because it needs virus protection, firewall, spywareblaster, etc. before i’m willing to expose it to cyberspace. I’m typing this on my old system.
Anyway, i remember reading in a thread a while back that, when you take delivery of a new computer from a company like Dell, it’s a good idea to reinstall the OS (WinXP Home) in order to get rid of some of the crap that Dell puts on the computer. I also believe it’s good to partition the hard drive. The drive on my new machine is 148Gb (Nominally 160, according to Dell, but 148 when viewed in Windows Control Panel).
So, i thought i’d reinstall Windows and partition the hard drive. There’s a tutorial on the Microsoft website explaining how to do it:
support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[LN];Q313348 (you might need to cut and paste the link, as VBulletin can’t seem to parse square brackets in urls).
Here’s what they say to do:
For the most part it looks pretty straightforward.
There are two parts i’m a little worried about, however.
First, the bit in section 2 where it warns about the possible need for an OEM driver for the hard disk controller. I’m not sure if i will need one, or if this will mess up my reinstalation. One of the CDs that came with the computer is called “Dell Dimension ResourceCD.” Would this have a driver for the HD controller on it?
Second, which of the partition format options should i choose? NTFS or FAT? What’s the difference?
Finally, what good does a partition actually do? Everyone seems to use them nowdays, but i don’t quite understand why. Also, what size partitioning should i use on a 148Gb hard drive?
I’d appreciate any advice you might have.