Is your drive partitioned? If no, why not?
A partition is basically a logical storage disk, it is a way to tell a computer to threat a large drive as many smaller ones. Think of your current house, imagine how hectic it would be like if you had to clean all the rooms and you tried to do all the rooms at the same time as against what it’ll be like if you went room by room. A partition is that room.
There are a bunch of reasons to partition your drives, here are a few:
- Safety in case of system crash: You know what they say about putting all your eggs in one basket? It applies here. If one partition crashes, it doesn’t necessarily affect the other partition. This also comes into play after a crash, so you can have a partition dedicated to restoring your device after a crash. On my windows machine, I try to run just the core OS (Windows) on a small partition, then have my storage on another, that way, the storage is isolated from Windows crashes.
- Speed: Your computer typically has an index system that lets it know where every bit of data is, so that it is able to pull up a requested file. Partitioning your hard drive makes the index on a partition smaller than it should be, and in turn translates to a smaller index search and less time taken to find a requested file.
- Running two operating systems on the same device: Different Operating Systems use different file formats and as a result, different storage formats, if you have a Mac that has Windows running on it on the side, or run both linux and Windows on your computer.
There are a lot of other reasons to consider partitioning your hard drive, for instance, you can move a Windows 10 installation from the regular hard drives to a faster Solid State Drive (SSD), without having to go through the pain of reinstalling Windows from scratch. (See: move windows 10 to ssd).
What made me think of partitions today? My old trusty Dell (remember it?), had run out of space and I decided to delete the recovery partition (which is pointless to me right now) to make more space. I wanted a painless way to delete it, and a quick google search pulled up this article: how to delete a partition” which put me on to Easus Partition Master. The name caught my eye, seeing as I’d used Easus products before now, so the decision to go with it was a no brainer. The app is quite easy, simple to use and well documented for those who like to dot every “i” and cross every “t.”
If you do want to partition your device, you should check it out.