View Full Version : Is Partioning Your Hardrive Too Much Bad?

July 25th, 2006, 08:36 PM
Like the topic says, does it wear my hardrive if I format it too often?

I've tried Googling but don't know exactly what to search for.


July 25th, 2006, 08:41 PM
I can't see how it can be bad.

July 25th, 2006, 09:58 PM
If you mean having alot of partitions then no it's not bad it's pretty much irrelevant.
If you mean rewriting partitions alot then it'll wear your HDD down as much as any other usage of it. (Read: it will die in 10-20 years if it's a good drive) :)

July 25th, 2006, 10:22 PM
Like the topic says, does it wear my hardrive if I partition it too much?

I've tried Googling but don't know exactly what to search for.


Partitioning your drive is just changing the partition table. The partition table is just the same as any other area on the disk - it's the same medium. So there is no practical limit to how much you can change it.

It's not like cutting paper and then taping it back together.

July 25th, 2006, 10:35 PM
Sorry about that guys, I actually meant to ask if formatting your drive too often. :(

July 26th, 2006, 04:27 AM
Well a high level format (one that most people do at least once) is the same as using your HDD regularly. A low level format (something that requires special tools to do) can actually restore bad clusters.

Paulo Wageck
August 22nd, 2006, 11:37 PM
I think that logically it can be more vulnerable... or more secure... depends on how you use it...

To save your data... it must be on a partition different from the operating system one (or drive!!! even better).

Your data must be at lest on RAID 1 level local storage...

You can use a removables hard drives to clone your RAID data easily at will once in a while and store on a secure place.

You can use a local network storage to clone your data also....

And of course a secure remote location with tunneling encryption for an online backup.

I use ReiserFS as a file system..... they say its secure...

Take care of your hardware... (temperature, vibrations)...

Are you going to use cryptography to secure your data too?

How do you want to sync the backups and how often?

Too many things to think about...

What are your needs?](*,)

August 23rd, 2006, 12:04 AM
Paulo- He is wondering if reformatting the drive too much (For testing and such) will be bad for the drive.... What does your post have to do with that?

And not really. The drive will most likley die in 10 years or less ANYWAY..

August 23rd, 2006, 12:07 AM
Is Partioning Your Hardrive Too Much Bad?

:-k HUH...??