You’ve probably seen this phrase before but do you actually know what partitioning is and why it is done?
What is partitioning?
Hard drive partitioning is essentially the remapping of disk cylinders. It creates logical start and end points on a hard drive that are treated as separate disk. Each disk is independent from the other so that the hard drive can be recognized as multiple units.
Why partition your hard drive?
To be honest there is just something innately satisfying about using a multi hard drive setup. Aside from that, there are some practical benefits that make this worthwhile. One is that it increases security by separating the c drive. The second is that greater productivity can be achieved by partitioning. This is because it gives users the ability to divide and organize their data even more than the traditional file system.
Let’s equate the files on your computer to the files in a file cabinet and your OS to an office in an office building. The files on your operating system are held within folders just as files are in the real world. On a PC we can store folders within other folders. For simplicity let’s just say that this is the real world equivalent of storing folders within other file cabinets since the same logic applies. Well if you were to partition your hard drive to have two equal capacities then it would be like having an office with an additional storage room independent from the main office. What’s more if you were to install an operating system on the second partition then it would be as if you had two offices in the same building. Now with this analogy it is easy to see how partitioning can save you a lot of headache.
There are many partitioning utilities available such as GParted that will allow you to divide your hard drive but for the simplicity I would suggest using Windows’s built in tools. Instructions for how to do so can be found here.
So when it comes to file organization and backup, partitioning is just the logical thing to do (pun intended). For more helpful tips and tricks be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.