Your Mac computer comes with a SSD or a Solid State Drive of a fixed memory. Modern Macs already have a hidden partition that houses the OS backup so you can recover your system if anything goes wrong. You can add more partitions to Mac drives if you want better organization or require a more secure system. You should always consider partitioning carefully and get professional assistance to for it.
What Will Partitioning Your Mac Do?
When you partition your hard disk drive, you create virtual rooms or sections in it. These rooms are interconnected but also fairly independent of each other so if there’s a problem in one partition, you can still utilize the other partition. Creating partitions on a drive requires skill, experience, and knowledge of both software and hardware. The partitions should be stable and properly organized otherwise they won’t perform as smoothly as you expect them to.
Why Would You Want to Partition Your Mac?
There are several reasons why you would want to partition your hard drive. If you own an older device or computer, you might want to partition the memory to keep the operating system and regular data volume separate. This ensures that your OS performance isn’t impacted by the movement of data. This partition will also keep your OS secure if you download corrupt data and damage one partition.
Modern Macs already have this partition in place so you don’t need to be concerned about keeping the OS and the data volume separate. Today, users partition their disk drives to run multiple operating systems or multiple versions of the same operating systems from the same drive. For example, you can run Mac OS on one partition and a Windows operating system on another.
There are other advantages of partitioning your hard drives as well, but it’s still a decision you should consider carefully. Ask a professional for advice and understand the full consequences of the decision before you attempt to perform the partition.
Are there Any Alternatives?
You can create an external bootable drive, but it won’t perform as well as an internal hard drive. You can also store all of your active data like the files you’re working on, your media folders, etc, in an external storage drive. This might minimize the risk to your operating system and primary machine. However, most people find this to be too cumbersome and would rather carry just one machine around instead of carrying several peripherals.
If you truly want to keep your drive organized and want to run several operating systems on the same machine, you should consider getting a partition from a professional.
You can also resize your partition to include more or less bites according to your preferences. For example, if you require more space in one partition and use it more often, you can take bytes away from other partition and add it to the required section.
How to Partition a Hard Drive on Mac?
- Open Disk Utility from your Utilities menu under the Applications tab.
- Select the hard disk you want to partition. The listing should be mentioned on the left side of the application.
- Click on the Partition tab.
- To add a new partition, click on the + button.
- Provide the name for the partition, choose a file system type, and select the size.
After that, all you need to do is apply the settings. There’s always a risk of data loss and system errors when you partition your Mac drive. Before you attempt this task, we recommend you clone your drive or backup your data completely. The process might accidentally format your drive and you’ll face complete data loss.