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A partition is a logical section of a hard drive dedicated to serving a unique purpose. Each partition is assigned a particular letter, that is, C, D, E etc. and has a predefined file system associated with it such as FAT or NTFS. Typically, a computer hard drive is partitioned or divided into logical sections / partitions in order to better organize data and also to enable the operating system to manage information in each section independently. So if your hard disk’s storage capacity is 500 GB, you can create say 5 partitions of 100 GB each and store different data on each (or any other number of partitions with different space allocation).
Most Windows systems work with partitions, each storing different categories of data. Disk Partitioning helps bring a level of sophistication and security to the way data is organized on a hard disk and it has several other benefits. As such, it is recommended for each Windows user to know his way around partitions.
In next article, we’ll be highlighting benefits of Windows partitioning and what all you can do in case one or more of your Windows partitions get accidentally formatted, deleted or lost.