Partitioning a hard drive may not seem very vital to a system—in fact, starting up a brand new CPU or a laptop doesn’t require you to do this at once. However, it may actually be to your computer’s and data files’ best interests to make sure you partition your drive adequately.
Learning how to partition a drive allows you to save your data while improving the efficiency of your computer at the same time. This is particularly relevant to frequently-used advanced CPUs with large-capacity hard drives, or for people who possess external hard drives with large capacities.
Why should you partition your hard drive?
It works well, especially for people who use their computers for both personal and business needs. Partitioning your hard drive means having separate, organized compartments for business needs and personal needs. If you work at home—by using a RingCentral virtual office phone system and other cloud services—then all data from the business side of your computer use can be placed in one partition, while the personal data can be placed in a different partition.
- Drives can be partitioned as many times as needed. Depending on how much space you have on your hard drive, and depending on the types of data you need to secure and separate, you can partition your drives to accommodate them, keeping them organized.
- Data encryption can slow down a computer’s performance; but with a partition, the hindrance is significantly lessened. A partition can be secured and encrypted independently; you can therefore protect your most sensitive data in one partition while leaving less delicate data in a different partition.
- Partitioning your hard drive can limit damage to your data. There is always the chance of corruption or damage to data files. This could be accidental or not (through malware). However, by partitioning your data, the damage is controlled. Only the data in one partition will be affected, while the other partitions can stay safe. In the same way, if you need to wipe a corrupted partition, you only need to wipe that side. There is no need to wipe other data.
- If you need your computer to run faster, partitioning your drive can help. Indexing, searching through, and archiving in a single large expanse of data space can take a great toll on your computer’s RAM and processes. By partitioning the drive, data indexing and transferring can be done faster, and takes very little toll on your system.
- All of these apply to people who have external hard drives. With hard drives capable of handling terabytes of data these days, there is always the risk of losing files through corruption, since the computer exerts so much effort in archiving the large storage sizes. Data transfer slows as it searches through the data. Remember that external hard drives are designed for long-term storage, and this means that they are not built for frequent file access. It is difficult for your computer system to index the entire drive when you always use what is in your drive. Partitioning an external drive can allow you access your data faster for indexing, especially if you are not using a high-speed connection port for your computer.