In laymen’s term, partition is simply the act of separating or dividing into parts.
In computer-experts term, partition or disk partition, is a dedicated storage space on a hard drive which can have and run a different OS and even applications.
Partitioning, on the other hand , is the process of dividing a hard disk drive into separate parts, commonly known as partitions.
Most users these days, after purchasing a new computer or a hard disk, they normally do a partition to it before anything else. Wondering why? Well then, let me tell you, below are some of the advantages one gets in partitioning their hard disk.
– To have organized files by separating application files from user files.
– To have more than one OS.
– To speed up computer performance.
– To increase user productivity, where searching becomes faster.
– To improve data recovery, as you don’t have to recover the entire hard drive, just the affected partition.
– To have an efficient, fall back space
Still, not convinced on why a partition is a must? Here is a list of disadvantages of not performing a partition:
– Poor Data recovery
When a system crash occurs, with all your files both user files (games, pictures, movies, etc.) and system files in one location, it’s most likely that everything will be affected too.
– Slow Performance
Since all programs and documents are in one unpartitioned drive, performing search and running programs will cause a poor performance.
– Unorganized data
Having all sorts of files cluttered in one can be real nuisance. It would have been better to have your Windows files and programs in a separate drive from your personal stuff or work stuff.
In relation to data recovery, poor security is also a disadvantage of not doing a partition.