What Is Disk Partitioning?

Disk partition divides the capacity of a physical drive such as HDD (Hard Disk Drive) or SSD (Solid-State Drive) and makes it into another virtual drive for a particular reason.

Then, it will be two or more virtual drives on a computer device. And every one of those has a specific function appoint to it. The operating system on the PC will classify it with alphabetic characters like (C:),(D:),(E:), and so on.

Each of the physical drives uses partitions to carry appropriate files for a specific purpose to your system. To be precise, when you buy a laptop with Windows OS on it, the drive is already virtually parted (maybe into two or more).

Only (usually) C: drive holds most of it, and as for the others it is only applied to maintain or preserve and restoration for your Windows.

Generally, for some reason those partitions are hidden by default and Windows not assign any letter on it – e.g., System Reserved. Except for (C:) because this is where your Windows OS are installed and also for your everyday uses.


SSD (Solid State Drive/Solid-State Disk)

The solid-state drive is another internal computer storage just like the hard disk drive, but it’s a non-volatile type. The physical and structural concept of modern SSD internal storage also has better than the traditional HDD.

All the data and information are stored in memory chips instead of using a spinning disk with write head on an actuator. In short, the SSD hard drive is a large version in the physical size of the USB flash drive.


Why Hard Drive Partition Needed?

If you are using a traditional HDD type drive, you may already know the purpose of why we must make extra partitions on it. One of the main reason is to increase the hard disk performance and effectiveness.

So, unlike the solid state drive the old version of laptop PCs internal storage (HDD) has many moving parts inside its case, which makes it completely different in operational.

In a general sense, to increase performance and maintain the system reading data and files and its transfer rate, the HDD capacity need to be parted into two or more virtual drive, this is because of the hard disk drive internal physical design.

For example, you need the partitioning activity to separate your primary system (e.g., operating system) from other files and data – (C:) Drive only for your OS, (D:) for videos, music, documents and so on, and (E:) for data backup only.

But in other cases, with the new SSD type drive, it doesn’t need any extra partition activity.

Since as there are no moving parts on its physical structure, so in a nutshell, it already has efficiency and better performance than the traditional disk drive. That is why all of these SSDs have a notable high price compared to HDD.


Can we Make Additional Partition on SSD on Windows OS?

The answer to this question is yes, and we can make extra partitions on SSD. And if any of you have an intention to partition SSD disk, make sure do a partition alignment too as well because it has a high possibility that your hard drive affected by misalignment issue after partition.

There are several benefits you can get from partition alignment after partitioning your SSD. For examples, it can increase your solid-state drive storage lifespan and give you more performance on a particular task compare to SSD drives, which still affected by misalignment.


Is There any Benefit & Purpose to have Partitions on SSD?

Before this, we regularly use only the external drive and cloud storage to keep our data and backed up files. Other than that, we also use SSD and HDD cooperatively. Maybe some of you want to know why.

It is because almost all the solid-state drive does not have an equal or larger capacity than any hard disk drive. So to put it briefly, there is no point to do the partition on the SSD.

However, on these present days, most of the SSDs manufacturer has provided those drives which contain equal and more capacity than HDD storage.

About this issue, there are some IT experts, and many other computer users on the internet shared their opinion and said that there are several need and reasons why you should do that. So, is there any need for us to do an additional partition on an SSD type drive?

I have read several articles and do some research on the internet before I post this content. Concerning this, my humble opinion is it depends on the individual itself.

So, first of all, you must ask yourself, ‘Why?’. There are just very few reasons I’ve discovered, and here it is:

  • Firstly, there’re computer users out there love running multiple OS (operating system) on their device.
  • For the organizational purpose, including creating their own Windows OS recovery image for recovery and other files management purpose
  • SSD write cycles. Increase the SSD endurance lifetime of a solid-state drive by parting virtually the unused spaces.


Necessary or Not?

Therefore, for those who only want to reduce their laptop or computer boot time, to get better performance, and use SSD with a small capacity for the Windows OS only, my point of view concerning this matter is there is no need for you to make an extra partition.

But if you have any comments, thoughts, and content that can improvise this article, kindly please leave your comment below and thank you for reading.

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  • I like the info and the site..As another had said above, im pretty computer illiterate, so a lot of it was spanish to me. Great work though!!

  • This is very informative. I have 2 PCs with solid state drives in the house and never really considered if they should be partitioned until seeing this post. After reading it, I think I ma good without, but know I have the option if I were to add another OS or wanted to store backup files on the SSD. Thanks!

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