If the drive was in one partition, I would read a post that that was wrong too. This area is a "no-win" situation. Time to toss that out and look at a real problem with P4 laptops. It's too bad that consumers clamored for the P4 in a laptop since after a few years I agree that it was a bad idea.
If you had a G5 laptop, you would see the same issues.
Hope this explains it for you.
My friend is a fool, he uses Windows XP and has a Vaio notebook from Sony.I use Mac OS X Tiger(of course) We usually dont argue on who has a better OS but he always has problems with his damn Vaio. The machine runs a Pentium 4 at 2.66 Ghz, has 512 DDR RAM, and a 40 BG harddive so its not outdated but its very slow and cant handle more than a few apps at a time. So one day I was overlooking his computers specs more closly and discovered the problem....his hard-drive was partitioned into 2 sectors. Now that doesnt sound bad but the "geniouses" at Sony made both partitons equal in size. Logically that doesnt make sense, the sector with the OS should be bigger than the other sector but the dual 20 GB hard-drive means that the main sector has to handle the big weight of WIndows and everything else. Plus when a HD is partitioned it means that data has to stop more than usual and RAM is shared. So I ask anyone out there....Tell me why the Sony partitions their hard-drives(I know other models of Sony computers also partition)