This month we will be working with disk partitions. First a quick definition.
Partitions separate your operating system and programs, from your data files while still residing on the same physical drive. This is accomplished by using a software program that divides the single hard drive you have into multiple virtual (there’s that word again) drives.
Why would you want to do this, well let me list a few of the more important reasons:
- 1-To seperate your important irreplaceable data from your replaceable operating system and programs.
2-Partitions allow you to keep the temporary , log and other junk files from getting mixed in with the data
3-Partitions can give you an area to add another operating system, handy when switching from one version to another
4-You can reorganize your drive and free up disk space using partitions
5-Partition’s can be created for your paging and temp files to increase performance and saftey
6-Images require a seperate volume so making a partition is a good way to allow you to keep an exact copy of your operating system with allowing a quick recovery from software failure
NOTE:Partitions will not save your butt if your physical hard drive has a hardware failure.