Why bother creating partitions on Mac hard drive? Actually, partitions assist in managing stored data in an efficient manner. With more partitions users can install multiple operating systems on a single hard drive. You can get both 10.9 Mavericks and 10.10 Yosemite back-to-back on a single Machine. Imagine that!! There are more benefits of creating partitions, like optimizing free spaces so that Mac runs smoother.
In order to create, modify or remove existing partitions out of Macintosh HD, user needs to navigate to an inbuilt application called Disk Utility app. This is available with all Mac systems. This free app includes all the required modules to modify partition tables of a Mac drive with ease.
But before going further, you must create a full backup of your hard drive along with all the important files and documents. This process will ensure the security of your crucial data and recover easily just in case something goes terribly wrong while performing partitioning. In order to initiate backup, use Time Machine, a powerful module offered by Mac OS X. Once you are done with complete backup of your Mac drive, you can easily proceed to add a new partition or remove, modify and resize existing partitions.
There are more professional applications available that don’t let you lose the data while partitioning Macintosh HD. In addition, various other problems can occur in your Mac machine that may result in data loss, such as power failure or cryptic complications with the drive. Therefore, backup is always a priority for professionals when it comes to data security. Besides Time Machine, there are various other hard drive partitioning programs available that include backup utilities. If your current backup utility does not offer all the needed features, you can always buy additional software developed by popular data recovery companies.
What if you are using an SSD Drive?
You might not believe it, but it is the fact that many of the data recovery utilities and Mac Disk Utilities don’t work the same way on a SSD drive or they don’t work at all for SSD data recovery. Therefore, if you are using an SSD drive in your Mac machine, then the backup is the only reliable way to retrieve data from a failed SSD, or else you could lose your data forever.
Although there are various techniques available for creating backups of your Mac drive, the best backup strategy is still online backup. You could get a wide range of services, such as DropBox and iCloud for online storage of your Mac files. These backups create copies of files as soon as they are saved on your system. Besides Time Machine and Clone, Clouds are the optimum choices for saving data before any disk management activity.