Hi Shawn, Thank you so much for your prompt response.
Please excuse me if I ask the obvious....
If I need to keep the 1) System partition, 2) Windows 7 partition (C
3) HD_Tools partitions, then I don't really need access to the CMD prompt? or is there something else I need it for that I'm missing?
With the above partitions required, to install XP for a dual-boot setup, do I set up XP with its own Recovery partition, or just as a single D: partition for XP. I have Partition Assistant installed