Do separate partitions really help

Discussion in 'Computer Software and Operating Systems' started by Dominator211, May 30, 2017.

  1. Dominator211

    Dominator211 JFK's Jelly Donut

    Oct 15, 2016
    United States
    Upstate, New York
    My dad and I were just argureing about whether or not a hard drive should have 1 partition or have 2 separate partitions one for your operating system in one for your data my view on it is that I think you should have everything in one partition so that way you have your drive is a hole and my view on my dad subject is if the drive fails all the data is lost anyway so either way the date is lost and what if you need extra space you can't change the partitions after I don't really know what to think so you guys can help me out that would be great
  2. ScarletDreamz

    ScarletDreamz [Debug Mode]

    Feb 16, 2015
    United States
    This really depends on what damage its done to the hard drive.

    As example, if you have 2 partitions, you can use the second partition to:
    A- reinstall Windows and try to recover data
    B- install Linux and try to recover data
    C- before the damage is done, save your documents into the second partition in case anything happen to the first partition.
    D- [re] install an OS of your choice without deleting the current one [if posisble like windows do] on the first partition, move the documents to a second partition, reformat the first partition.
    E- You can shrink and extend sometimes partitions, so thats some help.
    F- use your second partition as a Recovery System.
  3. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    As a means of data backup I can think of very few cases in which it ever would have helped, and none of those are common. The common things being dead drive (dead drive is a dead drive and all that), accidental deletion (though I suppose I could kick it to the other partition rather than getting a USB drive/network share/whatever) and something more nefarious (it is a powered drive presumably accessible by the same system).

    I like it sometimes if you are in a situation where certain filesystem types are at play and one might not work so well with another. Time was it did allow for dual booting but with Window's current fondness for respecting permissions it is not as nice as it was back in the XP days.
    I like it because it means should you actually want to stick the user data on another separate drive later then it is far far far easier for Windows and still somewhat easier for Linux.
    In the case of windows I have a few systems out there with multiple "installs" of XP on there and boot.ini in play . They are mostly application specific programs that fight with each other and I have not migrated to virtual machines. Said application specific programs earn the client a fortune though so there is that. In one case the Ford car diagnostics tool (called IDS but apparently they have a new one out now) and the Jaguar-Land Rover tool (also called IDS and operates from the same very expensive little box).
    I guess you can try booting another OS but I have any amount of USB and DVDs to boot another OS from.

    On the flip side the only real downside other than some very old and very crappy programs (again in my case car programs being the usual one to cause me grief here) is running out of space on one or the other and still having a bunch free on the other. For the data drive it is not much different to running out of space in general and I fire up the USB/NAS/whatever. For the program install drive I have thus far been OK really, unless I fill it up with stuff from the data drive when I am too bone idle to put it on USB or something.
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