Your computer has a massive hard drive that you significantly underuse. Would decreasing the size of the primary partition actually increase the lifespan of the drive?
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SuperUser reader Chazjn is curious if underusing his drivespace will actually increase the longevity of the drive:
So what’s the story? Does his theory about using less of the disk hold up?
SuperUser contributor Mokubai steps in and shoots the theory down:
While formatting/partitioning won’t extend the life of your drive, you can still leverage partitioning to your advantage by creating a partition for your operating system/applications and another for your data. In case of operating system problems or a total operating system reinstall your data is safely stored on a separate area of the drive.
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