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It does depend on how you use your system, but conceptually, yes.

As directories get larger, the directory management takes longer and the tendency toward fragmentation gets greater.

If you store large files, like 500M or larger, then long chains are required to map the file. These chains require directory management steps by the OS. When you format a partition you have the opportunity to select the allocation block size. The default size is appropriate of OS drives (lots of files under 20 Mbytes each average), but not for large file storage. For large files it's better to choose 32K or 64K. The default is 4K, if I recall.

That would be 1/8th or 1/16th as much directory management, and the same factor of reduction in the tendency toward fragmentation.

Also, the first half of a drive is the fastest sustained read / write area, so the first partitions are generally faster than the outer partitions of a drive.

The downside to partitioning a drive is that the head must jump to the alternate partitions, so you should plan on using the outer partitions for more occasional data, the inner partitions for more performance oriented data.

It's better to have multiple drives than singular large drives.
Edited by JVene - 6/8/10 at 7:11pm