Every coin has 2 sides; that goes for hard drive partitioning too. While it has some obvious benefits, the two most common drawbacks it suffers from include:
Disk fragmentation happens when there isn’t enough contiguous space on the hard disk to store an entire large file (all parts of a single file). So, the operating system stores different file parts at different scattered locations on the disk. As a result, when a user requests access to a file that is scattered, it takes more time for the system to read and load each part of the file into the memory. Disk fragmentation thus causes degrade in system performance.
To overcome fragmentation, hard disks should be regularly defragmented, wherein different pieces of the same file are arranged at contiguous memory locations so that it becomes easy and quicker for the OS to read them.
Partitioning the hard drive doesn’t guarantee its safety against corruption threats. After all, each partition is logically just a small hard disk in itself. Safeguarding it with encryptions, firewalls, and good anti-virus programs is entirely up to the user. Moreover, staying informed about the common reasons that can lead to partition corruption or loss is the key to avoiding it. Here’s a list of common scenarios that can cause data loss on partitions: