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5. Disk Hacks > 40. Partition and Format Wisely

Partition and Format Wisely

Do you know how much of your hard disk space you’re wasting? If you are using Windows 95, 98, 98SE, or ME (even 2000 or XP without NTFS), you could be wasting at least 10% and possibly up to 30% of your hard drive space due to suboptimal allocation unit sizes.

Disk partitions are logical regions of a disk drive containing a filesystem. Partitioning a hard disk is like subdividing parcels of land and dictating how those parcels will be further subdivided into lots or common areas. Partitioning establishes how big the parcel of land to be used will be. The filesystem within a partition contains files and directories that are organized in what we see as a hierarchical tree structure.


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