now i live in India and the "assemblers" here and most computer professionals here state that to get the best performance outta your HDD you have to partition it into small ummm partitions. like i have a 40 GB harddisk which was partitioned into 7 drives. i dont really think that it would have any effect on the performance. so what do guys say?? does partitioning help or is it just a myth..
thanx in advance
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If the drive is large and formatted to FAT32, your FAT table becomes uncomfortably large if you only have one partition. The large table and cluster size will make storage less efficient in terms of space. But I can't see how it should affect normal read/write performance. NTFS is able to handle much large partitions than FAT32 without the same waste of space.
However, one large partition does have some disadvantages that could be interpreted as reduced performance. Disk-defragmentation, undelete and file-recovery takes much longer to complete since there are more data that must be processed. This is the primary reason why I divide my drive into a number of smaller partitions.
I think partitioning a 40GB drive 7 ways is overkill. I have 4 partitions on my 160 GB (RAID0) drive.