I don't know exactly why but over the last few months I've been experiencing too much unexplained "hangtime" especially when booting up. It would hang for a minute or two at the welcome screen after which it would then display a blank desktop for a couple of minutes before finally loading explorer. I ran chkdsk and defragged and even cleared out the "run" and "startup" folders in the registry to make sure there was no clutter that might be causing the issue. Nothing worked. So I said fine, I'll just reinstall windows and the problem will be solved. It solved the problem but in the process created a new problem. I have 2 partitions on my drive. One is strictly for windows that is allocated with 17 gigs and the other is strictly for storage of files that I plan to keep forever. I don't want any system files on that partition. Problem is, when I load the reinstall of windows onto my 17 gig partition, XP uses my storage partition for the boot sector without even asking me. I want that partition left alone! The best thing to do would be to load my storage files temporarily onto another drive and then not mark that partition active until I've installed windows but I don't have another drive to do that with. So my question is: How do I get XP to load itself onto one partition only without putting the ntldr and other boot files on the partition that I want left alone?