What are advantages of creating Multiple Partitions on Mac?
With a rapid increment in the number of applications and games as well as for data, such as a collection of movies, photos, songs, and other stuff, a larger disk space is required to manage all such things on a single hard drive. The newly purchased Mac machines provide huge space for data storage. However, storing everything on a single drive is worthless when you have a lot of free space is left. In fact, you can partition this space for a better as well as efficient data storage and management.
Grounds for Hard Drive Partitioning
Well, people have different perspectives regarding hard drive partitioning; some really like to go for it, while others do not find any logic in it. As per my consideration, drive partitioning is a base for running multiple versions of OS X or a Windows operating system, which allows me to run all those applications I always wanted for my personal as well as professional needs. For instance, if I install a copy of Windows on my Mac through Boot Camp, I become able to run other Windows-based applications.
In fact, those who really want to have multiple partitions on their Mac, like me, do not look around for others’ opinions, but go for it without thinking any further.
Roots of Virtualization
Well, Mac with multiple partitions on it, no doubt, is great from both data storage and management point of views. Besides, the owner of such a Mac must be glad, as he can install multiple operating systems in different volumes of its internal hard drive. However, they cannot run multiple OSes simultaneously, but only one at a time. Virtualization is the concept that enables installing as well as running multiple OSes simultaneously on a single machine.
The term Virtualization, in computing, refers to a virtual version of a resource (such as storage device, network, or even an operating system) for which the framework splits the execution environments into multiple ones, based on the type and level of the concept.
A Virtual Machine (VM) is software emulation of a computer to carry multiple tasks simultaneously with no extra cost of hardware and other equipments. In other words, VM is software implementation of computing environment to carry out execution of the programs just like a physical machine does. The software used to implement virtualization on Macs is VirtualBox – a product of Oracle.
However, the concept of virtualization is mainly implemented in corporate; not individuals go for it for their personal deeds. Individuals often go for partitioning the hard drive for such needs, which even I support going for indeed.
Hard Drive Partitioning – Worthwhile for Individuals
When it comes to partition Mac drive into multiple volumes, the primary need that must be fulfilled is Mac partition manager in order to carry out this task efficiently. However, many users like using Disk Utility to accomplish disk-partitioning task with no extra expenditure. In the below section of this post, I would like to bring the concept of hard drive partitioning using Disk Utility under the spotlight. The steps you need to put into practice to manage partitions on Mac using Disk Utility are:
Note: In order to partition the internal hard drive of your Mac machine, make sure you back up all the crucial files.
Important: You must own an Intel-based Mac machine in order to partition a drive that is being used.
In case you need to partition a brand new hard drive on Mac machine, you have to initialize it first. For this, hook up this drive to your Mac and click the Initialize button on the ‘Disk Insertion’ pop-up.
When Disk Utility is launched, make sure this drive is highlighted in the left pane and click the Erase tab at the right. In the Format drop down menu, choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as the drive format and type-in a name for the drive in the Name field, and then click Erase button. If a warning pop-up appears, proceed with the right option. Follow the aforementioned steps to create and manage partition on Mac drive, and then you can store all your data efficiently as well as install another operating system in any of the partitions on this drive.
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