Posted 14 September 2010 - 01:31 PM
The primary advantages of partitioning, as I see it...
a. Eliminates having a very large system partition. The larger the system partition (where Windows and programs should be), the longer it takes to do routine maintance (chkdsk /r and defrag) that partition.
b. I don't use Vista so I can't tell you how large the partition for Windows and programs should be. But I use a 50GB partition for such on my Win 7 installs.
c. Theoretically...partitioning a drive lessens the risk of losing everything...if there is trouble with either the partition structure or the hard drive.
d. If a user has a lot of one type of file (e.g., graphics, video files, music, documents, etc.), I find it a lot neater to just create a partition for those things, rather than use My Music, My Videos, etc. and take up system partition space with data files.