Should I partition SSD?
When we get a new SSD (solid state drive), will it be better if we partition it like we always did on traditional HDD (hard disk drive)? In the early days, SSD hard drive was comparatively small and there was no need to partition it because people just used SSD as a system drive alone. They often used SSD and HDD together in those days. However, nowadays the capacity of SSD is much larger than before. Even the SSDs with 1TB capacity have become not that rare on the market (learn what size of SSD should I buy). Thus more and more people are asking a same question “Should I partition my SSD?” Will partitioning help the performance of SSD like it does on HDD? Let’s find the answer in this article.
Why we need to partition HDD?
The working mechanism of SSD and HDD are quite different. The reason we install operating system on the first partition of a hard disk drive is because the outermost tracks have a higher transfer rate. Putting the data and other files on the partition other than C drive makes the OS work more efficiently and fast. In short, the reason we partition a traditional hard drive is all because of its physical structure. For better performance, we must partition a hard disk drive and put different files or data on different partitions. For example, you can create a partition on HDD to backup SSD to HDD partition.
Is it good to partition SSD?
For SSD, there’s no such thing as the transfer rate differential. The spinning disk and the read/write head in traditional hard drive have been replaced by multiple memories. Since there’s no moving mechanical component in SSD, the transfer rate of different memory chips in an SSD are almost the same. SSD won’t confine the data to a particular physical region of it. Thus you don’t need to partition an SSD if you just want to get better performance from it.
However, considering what we mentioned earlier in this article that the capacity of SSDs has become larger, you can still partition an SSD for organizational purpose. If you do, make sure to do SSD partition alignment to improve the input and output performance of computer. For you to manage an SSD or partition an SSD, you may get assistance from freeware AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. This software helps you do quick partition as well as repartition formed disk. Download it to experience it.
AOMEI also provides Partition Assistant Professional edition with more advanced features for PC users like Erase SSD. For example, if you store not only OS but also data on SSD and it has not been partitioned well, you can allocate free space from data partition to system drive directly with the Professional edition. Other features like convert system disk between MBR and GPT styles.