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Why should I partitioning my hard disk drives?

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There are many reasons to use hard disk partition software. They all come down to this: Partitioning the hard disk makes your life a lot easier and sometimes saves your data and your neck.

Disk partitioning:

Limits Accidental or Deliberate Damage To Your Data
With Acronis Disk Director Suite, you can separate your applications into separate partitions and put their data in other partitions. If an application becomes corrupted or is accidentally deleted, it is easier to contain the damage in a single partition. Hard drive partition recovery is faster than having to recover the entire hard disk.

Increases Security
Encryption is one of the fundamental tools to protection yourself against theft, corruption or compromise of critical data on your computer. But encryption slows your computer down. With disk partitioning software, you can encrypt just those partitions that need protection and let the other parts of your system run unencrypted, and hence faster.

Helps Your Computer Run Faster
Partitioning a hard drive lets your computer find things faster. Even routine access to information is speeded up because the computer can organize the information more efficiently with smaller directories. Quicker searches for files or directories also result because the computer only has to search a single partition instead of the entire large disk.

Organizes Information
Partitioning the hard drive not only makes it easier for the computer to find things, it makes it easier for you to find things as well. Creating partitions with Acronis Disk Director Suite lets you categorize files and folders in partitions according to logical schemes. You don't have to search endless lists of hundreds or thousands, or even tens of thousands, of folders trying to find a particular file or application.

Increases Productivity
With Acronis Disk Director Suite you can increase your productivity because you spend your time doing useful work rather than hunting for that letter or spreadsheet or other document.

Is it all? I mean do you have something to add? Jusy wondering how many people think about backup. Cause smd says that it's easier to buy new HD than use such kind software. What do you think?

Originaly from http://www.acronis.c...ion-my-hdd.html
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For me, the cheapest backup solutions is an external hard-disk drive connected to the USB-port.

An external 250GB hard-drive that connects to an USB or firewire port can be bought for around 100 pounds.

Alternatively, a home-made external drive can be built from a 2.5" laptop drive (60 pounds) and an external USB connector case for an additional 10 to 20 pounds.

Both of these can be used to 'ghost' a copy of an entire partition, which can be restored should a failure ever occur.

This is the advantage of having partitions - you want to keep the stuff that changes infrequently (OS, device-drivers, applications, etc...) separate from the stuff that continuously changes (user accounts, E-mails, project source code).
So when it come to do doing project backups, you only have to backup a few MBytes worth of data and not a full GBytes worth of device drivers.

Alternatively, there are always CD burners, with CD-RW's but there's a 600MB limit with each CD (Ok if you are backing up zip files). But you have always have to check to see that all the data has been written correctly.

DVD's (rewritable) are another possibility, but they are still limited to 4 GB's worth of data per DVD (and a pack of 5 costs around 20 pounds, and come in large jewel cases).
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