Partitioning Portable Hard Drives

I recently purchased a new Western Digital Passport Drive (my passport essentials SE). It is 1TB and want to store data files in one partition and software applications in another.

Is this wise to do on portable hard drives and is there any advantage? Reason for asking is that I have around 100GB (approx. 120,000 files) for data and 220 GB of applications/ drivers/ software videos (approx. 1,700,000 files).

Also, is this too many files to store on one drive/partition? Some of adobe applications and CAD apps have many files in each folder.

The application partition would be only used to install from, and the Data partition would be accessed frequently.
forever7Asked:
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SouljaSenior Network EngineerCommented:
Partitioning on a portable is all about preference. I don't see any reason you can't partition it the way stated. As for this amount of data being on one drive. It is not an issue as long as you have it back up somewhere else in case that drive fails. I have an external I take everywhere with me, but I have the same files backed up on a NAS box at home and a server.
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forever7Author Commented:
I had a 320GB hard drive and backed it up regularly. Like you, I take it everywhere. I just want one device to store everything (with backup at home).

It is the amount of files that all my applications amount to. If I don't partition will this make any difference at all? Is there a maximum amount of files that a drive should hold?

You mentioned preference: I thought if the applications (with huge amount of files) were on a different partition, then the drive would not be put under as much strain. (i.e compared to all files being on the one partition?
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dbruntonCommented:
>>  Is there a maximum amount of files that a drive should hold?

You don't store in the root folder but apart from that there is no problem.

>>  I thought if the applications (with huge amount of files) were on a different partition, then the drive would not be put under as much strain. (i.e compared to all files being on the one partition?

There isn't any strain.

But keeping applications and data separate is a good idea for backup purposes.  Application folders don't change much (usually) while data can.
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subhashchyCommented:
Its about your choice..How organized you  want to be..I would partition it into 2-3 volumes and use each with a Good volume label. As the data is being accessed from same disk the performance should not matter.
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nobusCommented:
you can use  separate folders, or separate partitions to store the data.
from  : http://www.pcreview.co.uk/forums/maximum-files-per-directory-t1736383.html
1. Maximum file or folder system restriction per folder is
 dependent on the file system used and not the Operating
 system
 
FAT16- 512
 FAT32- 65,534 files or folders per folder
 NTFS- 4,294,967,295
 =================================

 a bit more info :  from :  http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-files/what-is-the-maximum-number-of-files-i-can-place/07b62caa-04c7-4c8a-92bb-6ac12b737beb
Windows 7 supports NTFS file system. NTFS, or "New Technology File System" introduced with Windows NT, is a completely redesigned file system.
 
¿Maximum disk size: 256 terabytes
 
¿Maximum file size: 256 terabytes
 
¿Maximum number of files on disk: 4,294,967,295
 
¿Maximum number of files in a single folder: 4,294,967,295
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
No visible problem I could see from your original description. Just partition the drive and use it as you want. Don't forget to take backup from time to time as hardware has a bad habit to fail when you need the data from it.
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