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Partitioning and Volume Position
Partitioning is the process of dividing the hard disk into subsections, called volumes. It is an important initial step in preparing a hard disk for use, and is discussed in detail on this page.
The choice of how the hard disk is partitioned can have a tangible impact on real-world performance. This is due to several different but related effects that you should keep in mind when deciding how to partition your drive:
There are, of course, non-performance issues in partitioning. See this long description of partitioning issues in the file system section as well.
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