You can always install Linux. That'll give you better security then taking your XP box off-line and transferring data with a flash drive.
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
in terminal. GParted isn't automatically installed on Ubuntu, you have to install it from the repository. Use the "Add/Remove Software" utility to search for it, and install for it.
Windows is far from easy to use too. The only idiot proof OS is Mac.
"An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of code." -- an anonymous programmer