Well he/she will have to have at least one "garbage"partition. Every hard drive must have at least one partition in order to be usable by Windows.
Perhaps that what you meant. But just a broad statement such as "partitions are garbage" is pretty silly, and shows a lack of understanding.
THANKS SlipDisc ... I really didn't know how to respond to that statement (either!).
My opinion is that my friend, pretty much a newbie user at EVERYTHING, is better off with Windows set up in a protected environment (partitioned / read only). Because I assure you, either she or her two teenagers might possibly delete a critical windows file or folder if otherwise. <--- This is why I am re-formatting this laptop now!