I have, in previous posts, demonstrated my iggernunce, so allow me to further do so. I have a kind of mechanic's view of computing. I like to add new things, even if I don't really need them. Case in point: I have two HDs, one a WD Caviar SE 250GB, the other an 80GB Maxtor DiamondMax8 (?). I don't game; most of my work is photo editing, music compilation, and general fart-around, see-how-it-works type stuff. Both drives are IDE. The 250GB is set as master, the other as slave. There is only one partition, a FAT32, which I no longer need, as it contains the recovery files for my Compaq, which has ceased to exist due to my constant upgrade/replacement syndrome. All other space is unpartitioned NTFS. My question: with no real heavy system demands, and with speed not really a factor, and since I will likely never approach filling these drives, do I need to partition? I back up everything frequently, though it keeps data DVD mfrs in business. If I DO need to partition, how to choose what goes where? I understand the partitioning can save HD wear and tear from defragging, etc., but otherwise, is it necessary? Thanks in advance.