I just bought a new Sony VAIO desktop for video editing and have learned a\nfew things about Sony's System Recover and Hard Drive configurations I would\nlike to share.\n\n1) The system has a 200G HD, it came preconfigured with a C & D partition in\nwhich C was given 14G & D 167G, you ask where's the rest of the space. I'll\nget to that, in a minute(#3). Partitioning C with only 14G is wrong, knowing\nall of your program and system files will be stored on C. Out of the box,\nwith all Sony software, XP, and other bundled software, only 4G of usable\ndisk space is available. But the problem continues, Sony also made the C\ndrive the default for XP to use for all User data (My/Shared\nDocuments/Document & Settings) which is crazy. They should have made the D\ndrive the default for XP user data. Needless to say I ran out of disk space\non C th efirst day.\n\n2) The second annoyance is that Sony does not ship any CD media for the\nsoftware you buy from them. You must create you own CDs or CD/DVDs using\ntheir VAIO system recovery wizard. This utility takes all factory installed\nOS and program files and burns them to a recovery set of CD/DVDs. I did this\nbut was skeptical that it would work when needed for a restore. Nothing like\nbeing down the road 3 years later, and Sony telling you they no longer offer\nsupport or worse, it just doesn't work and your left hanging. I created a\nset of CD/DVDs.\n\n3) To overcome the default partitioning as described in #1, I decided to buy\na new 250G hard drive and test the Sony recovery process. I disconnected my\noriginal factory HD, and installed the new. I partitioned the drive as a\nsingle 250G NTFS partition, no problems. I only want one HD. I inserted the\n1st system recovery CD, it ran but ended with an error "Cannot determine\npartition settings". I tried this process 4-5 times with no luck. I went in\nsearch of answers and found a posting in which someone stated Sony creates a\n"private" partition on thier factory HD. This is where they install all\nfactory OS & program software. I reinstalled my original HD to verify and\nthere it was, 5G with no drive letter associated with it; along with my C &\nD drive. With this knowledge I decided to re-partition my new HD with two\npartitions, one 5G the other 245G. I re-ran the recovery wizzard, it worked.\nMy OS & Program files began to install, but not exactly how I wanted.\nRemember the problem I described in #1, well Sony's program wanted to\nre-partition my HD again with a small C partition, WHY? They did give you an\noption of increasing it some, but they always required a D partition too.\nTherefore if you increase C, you're left with a tiny D partition too which I\nthink is silly. I could find no way around eliminating the creation of a D\npartition, and only having one large C drive. So I guess Sony did what they\nclaimed, they restored my system to the factory defaults and configurations.\nAlso, unlike the normal XP install they did not give you the option of using\nD for all XP Document & Settings, it still mandates for them to be installed\non C.\n\nOne positive note, all of my OS and programs files did restore as claimed.