Why do you have to Partition a Hard Drive

Jun 08, 2020 • Filed to: Partition Solutions • Proven solutions


Partitions are sometimes required for the smooth running of your device because they tell your system to treat every partition as a different drive but why do you have to partition your drive at all? Is it really necessary and are there potential issues to be worried about? These and more will be addressed as you read further.

Overview of Partition

Most computers have only one hard drive which comes with a default setting of only one partition labeled as C however, users with a little bit of technical experience like to create extra partitions for your devices. One of the main reasons why some people do this is to protect their entire data from loss in case their system crashes. There are several reasons why creating a new partition may be an ideal thing but this is one of the main excuses given by a lot of computer users.

With experience on our side we know that there are several benefits and drawbacks associated with this practice and we will reveal both to you in this article.

Why Partition a Hard Drive?

Before we go into detail regarding the arguments for and against hard drive partitioning let us first throw more light on why partitioning may be required for your hard drive.

For Data organization

Partitioning your drive helps you organize all your files in a manner that makes easy identification possible. You can organize and save your videos, music, pictures and other relevant files with ease.

As a Safeguard against System crash

With two or more partitions, you can back up your vital documents. One partition can be created for the operating system while the other can be used to backup the documents that are dear to you. In a situation where something goes wrong with the operating system, your backed up files will be safe.

Smooth functioning of two or more operating systems

If you work with several operating systems, there is a need to create separate partitions for each of them so they can run concurrently on the same computer. This is only made possible with the presence of individual partitions assigned to each of them.

The Pros and Cons of Partitioning a Hard Drive

What are the potential merits and demerits of partitioning a hard drive to create new segments? There are several but we will touch on a few vital points for and against hard drive partitioning.

Pros of partitioning  a Hard Drive

To Reinstall Windows: A separate partition different from Drive C makes Windows reinstallation a lot easier. To complete a quick reinstall, you can format the Window's partition then Reinstall the OS.  This will protect your files and programs during and after the installation process. Partitions also makes it possible to copy the Window’s partition if that is what you want.

Files backup: Just like we mentioned earlier, hard drive partitions can enable you backup vital files. While backing up your files is not really the creation of a new partition, you can actually copy the entire data and save it in a separate file or device for safety in case of system crashes.

Greater Security: Another great benefit of segmenting your hard drive is the advantage of improved data security. Computer users face the risks of malware attack daily so if a virus infects a particular partition in your hard drive, the possibility of infecting another partition is limited.

Data organization: If you have a lot of files saved in your drive and they are similar in nature, identifying a specific one may be a little difficult. By creating and saving them in separate partitions however, your device will be better organized and you can assess specific files easily when the need arises.

Installing several operating systems on the same drive:  Many computer users don’t know this but it is possible to add a new partition to your drive so as to enable you install another OS on it. You can install as many operating systems as your hard drive can handle by creating separate partitions for them.

Cons of participation a hard drive

We have pointed out some of the benefits of partitioning a hard drive but what are the potential disadvantages associated with this practice?

Potential Errors

Having several partitions on the same drive may lead to unavoidable mistakes. Dealing with so much data saved in each partition may be counter productive in the long run. The more data saved on your drive, the more difficult it will be to handle them all especially when working under pressure.

Not as safe as you thought

Although you can save data in separate partitions but it is also easy to lose them all since they are still in the same hard drive. If anything happens to the hard drive, the partitions you have created won’t be able to do much in terms of data security.

Storage Overload

Every partition you create is an extra space taken up on your disk so having two or more partitions will lead to storage issues. If your disk space is limited, your device will not be able to save new data and in some cases certain errors associated with limited memory will begin to occur.

Not necessary for the average computer user

Professionals who work with a large body of data may have a need for new partitions in order to keep their work organized and that’s fine. But for the average computer user who is limited to working on a few files and surfing the internet occasionally, creating partitions is unnecessary. Instead of solving a non existent problem, this practice may create one. It’s not really worth it if your ask me for the average user.

Partitioning your disk has it’s pros and cons but the potential issues that may arise is one to be mindful of. Most computers manufactured these days have SSD's so partitioning your disk mat not be necessary. However, if you choose to go through with it, make sure that the possible gains far outweigh the potential risks.

Theo Lucia

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