There is a swap in the xandros system which is probably being used because you didn't create the partitions correctly. When it comes stock there are 4 partions. One of them you need for bios but the other three can be wiped. Thats all I can help you because I use my eeepc w/ sd card which I might suggest to you if your worried about the life of the eeepc. With 2 gigs or ram my eeepc boots in less than 60 secs and is ready to go.