I had recently placed an order for an Inspiron 1720 with Dell. Back when I bought an Inspiron 8000 6 years ago, I was told they would not do the partition on new computers. So, I specifically enquired about the same this time, thinking if there was any change between then and now. The response I got was – No and they would still keep one single drive and no logical partitions. I literally wanted to have it partitioned when they build it so I need not to go over that rework once I receive it. Anyways, I just received it 3 days ago. Opened it up to configure it further. I noticed it was indeed partitioned with 30gig on a D: drive and the rest for C: (system drive) on a 250G m/c.
My question to Dell, why not give an option for at least one partition for the user and make it as appropriate. If they were going to make this partition for a smaller size, I would have requested for the size I wanted it to be. Now, I think I will need to start from the scratch for the size I want it to be and re-install all the programs it came with. Rep did mention about the package having CDs for all the programs they have the m/c installed with. so, I should be able to re-do it. But it is a redundant task to scratch and re-do it.
On the other hand, DELL could rather ship a raw machine for users to install as they want it to be providing a bootable disc.
I am kind of unhappy about this re-inventing a wheel situation. Anyways, I will if I can find somebody who wants to build install operating systems from scratch :)