After formatting my computer due to a severe problem of not being able to boot windows XP, the reinstalled windows is running extremely sluggish. Sometimes when I open the task manager to see the cpu usage, it goes up to 100% for a second. I have a gut feeling a worm, trojan, or some nasty ad/spyware got into my computer while I was hastily installing updates, firewall, etc.. Now that is frustrating, after formatting. I'm thinking about making a partition on my 80GB hard drive... Roughly a gig partition just for the backup programs, so that i can fully protect my computer before logging on the net. Hence my question, "Is partitioning your harddrive bad?", comes to mind. Does it slow down the computer? Does anyone use partitioning?