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.

    – Unsecured

    In relation to data recovery, poor security is also a disadvantage of not doing a partition.