You may be wondering what exactly a partition is. That is actually a very good question. The majority of computer users do not know what a partition is because they never had to work with one. So what exactly is a partition?
A partition is a section on your hard drive that is formatted and used for a single task to use. Hard drives may contain multiple partitions but usually ship with one but when bought in a computer with a uninstalled Operating System may have more than one. For example every Windows version Vista and on tend to create two partitions, one for the OS/storage and another for recovery. Each partition on the hard drive acts like it is its own separate hard drive. For example, say you make 3 partitions on a drive and Windows see's it as 3 separate drives in my computer. But if you go into disk management you will see that they are really one drive. A drive can have an unlimited number of partitions as long as they don't exceed the disk's capacity. Partitions can be any size and any format.