Not at all...............and a better question is WHY NOT? The cleaner you can keep your drive with OS on it the better. And, if you decide to format and reinstall you dont loose data or have to quickly burn it off to keep it............and too............why not partition and use Norton Ghost to image your OS.......then you want to redo your OS ..........you can reghost and be back up and running just like before in less than 5 minutes.
I have a 200gig WD drive for my boot drive, and I don't feel the need to have a 200gig boot partition. I have an automated GHOST backup every week, and my data partition is backed up every night. If I have some crash that affects my boot partition, a simple GHOST run gets me back up and running in minutes. It's much easier to manage data in smaller chunks, who wants to be dealing with several hundred gigabytes at once?
Oh, BTW, partitioning has nothing to do with the speed of the drive, and it doesn't affect it at all.
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