you must be in the midwest
there's a 2' drift outside my back door, and they're saying the snow has only just begun..(it depends on who you listen to- some say 20", others say 30")
i should have also mentioned that i use my carpc for audio processing, so i needed a better processor then the atom.. and when i found that board, it fit the bill nicely-- mostly because asus doesn't really make any mini-itx boards..
while i always run partitioned drives for customers, my personal computers don't. i just backup most of the data to removable drives that collect more dust then use.
just remember-- partitioned or not, a drive failure still looses all the data..