Now I wasn't sure whether this goes here or the storage forum but I guess either one would be fine... Anyway, so my XP has been here since Early 03 - yeah... I know, that's just bad. It's extremely laggy nowadays & hangs for a while during bootup. Just recently Nero began messing up & rather than putting the time & effort into fixing it I FINALLY decided to start over with a clean-slate. Now for the question - the HD I want to format has aprox. 100 / 298 GB free - I do not want to lose the existing data on the HD, if I were to "DELETE" the partition with the XP disc, would it erase my data or flag them all for deletion? OR will they still be there after I've reinstalled XP - no data recovering necessary?