writhziden, Thank you for your help, but I figured it out in a completely different way. Basically, after going through the help menu check list that Windows sent me to directly from the Disk Management tool. It would be nice if the updated their documentation to inform you that it also applies to newer versions of windows. Anyways, this line gave me the clue that I wasn't clicking in the right space. Instead of clicking on the box that says Disk 1, which only gives you the more complicated partitioning options, you have to click on the box to the right, which gives you the one additional option of creating a simple partition. That's just bad interface design. Now I have to figure out how to get rid of this strange E drive that's showing up, and figure out how to get my system to not automatically download and install everything to my C drive. I think I can handle those, though. Of course, I've partitioned and formatted quite a few drives in my time. I didn't think that would be an issue either
I'm the very definition of knowing just enough to be able to screw things up entirely.