Hi, i finally got a reasonable computer (8GB DDR3; Phenom II x4) after dealing with my wife's 8 year-old gateway (256MB; Pentium) for years. I'm finally ready to delve into some serious production work. I'm using Cubase, Live and/or Reason primarily. I've read a bit about how setting up partitions to seperate operating system from samples, sound clips, etc can help overall performance. I also notice that in windows 7 you an easily set-up VHDs. I'm just wondering if thats the same thing as a partiation. if not, is it better or worse than a partition? Is it really neccasary to do it either way? Also, it's already seperated into two drives - FACTORY_IMAGE which has about 12GB available to it, and is pre-loaded with about 10 of those GB's and the C: drive which has the remaining 900GBs. Does that mean that it is already set-up into two partitions, or should samples, etc. still be on a seperate drive (or virtual drive...). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!