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Should you partition your hard drive? For home computer users, partitioning a hard drive may be a smart option. By partitioning, critical data that a computer uses is not stored on the same drive. Why is this helpful? There are several advantages; however, the best reason to partition a hard drive is that no one has to lose all their computer data at once. With a partition, even if a person accesses the partition index file and learns where an important file is stored, that file cannot be accessed if the drive has been partitioned.

Your computer cannot boot off that drive, even when using a recovery disk. This means the data cannot be accessed. Since your computer treats the partitions as separate entities, keeping the system and apps in a partition separate from data is safer. Because a recovery disk does not usually include a computer system or its apps, it will take less time to secure valuable data.

Wavering about Partitioning?

Did you know that partitioning is useful in an emergency? If the computer suddenly dies, you still may be able to salvage the data. All you need is a bootable operating system and some diagnostic tools. By doing this, you can save your data and easily retrieve it. It may also be a far cheaper option than having a laptop data recovery or computer expert recover sensitive data that has sentimental value.

Did you know some computer manufacturers, such as Lenovo, include an emergency drive inside their computers? Homeowners can backup and save their data more easily. Even if the computer does not have an emergency partition, it is easy to create one.

Try Other Systems

Have you ever wondered what it was like to use Linux? If you have a Windows operating system, running Linux isn’t possible unless you have partitioned your hard drive. However, you also still need to create a dual-boot drive in order to use Linux while running a Windows operating system on the machine.

However, do partition your drive, first. Otherwise, these two drives cannot co-exist; they would step on toes. There would also be no way of easing into Windows 8 without a dual bootable drive.

Isn’t good to know that if your computer does have an error, you don’t have to try to figure out how to solve the problem yourself? Isn’t it useful to have a bootable drive handy? It may save you a costly data recovery effort instead.