Does Having Multiple Partitions Shorten My Hard Disk’s Life?

I have a Solid State Drive for Windows and applications and a hard drive for data. I also have some games on the hard drive. Right now, I have only two partitions: C and D (those are actually two drives, but yes, I get the idea). I want to know if having multiple partitions on my hard drive would shorten its life? For example, let’s say I have three partitions on my 1 TB hard drive. Partition D for games, partition E for data, and partition F for downloads. Now let’s assume that I would play a game and download a patch around 4 GB or a free game from Steam around 10 GB at the same time. Because all my downloads will be saved to partition F and my games are all installed on partition D, performing these two tasks would force my hard drive to move its head to and fro between its outer and inner edges of the platter. Right? So, would that affect my hard drive’s lifespan more than if it had been left as a single partition?

The really short answer is no. These would not affect your hard drive’s life span. But from the sound of your question, you’re making some assumptions here that aren’t really valid. Let’s take a closer look.

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If I copy a file to another drive will it be fragmented the same way?

If I simply copy a fragmented file from one hard drive to another non-fragmented hard drive, is the copy fragmented? Or does magic file allocation occur and place all of the fragments in order? I’m guessing that if the destination drive is fragmented then the copy will be fragmented.

Short answer: fragmentation is drive specific and it is not preserved across a copy.

In fact, if done in the right way, a copy can actually be one way to defragment a drive.

Let me explain why that’s so.

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What is “defragging” and why should I do it?

“Defragging” is short for “de-fragmenting” and it’s a process run on most hard drives to help make accessing the files on that disk faster.

Traditionally, it’s something you need to do periodically as files on the disk become more and more fragmented over time (hence, the term “defragmenting”).

So, what does it mean to be fragmented? Why does it get worse over time?

I’ll review that, as well as how to defragment, when to defragment, and even if you need to worry about defragmenting at all.

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