Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:36 UTC
Apple I bought a brand new iMac on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure this will come as a surprise to some, so I figured I might as well offer some background information about this choice - maybe it'll help other people who are also pondering what to buy as their next computer.
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This is honestly such a deep, complex subject that everyone could argue the living hell out of it and no one would ever agree on a conclusion. ;)

What is there to argue about? Less time spent waiting == more time doing something else.

The bottom line is that hard drives are wicked fast these days. And with partitioning, it's easily possible to separate your boot files (/boot), main system (/), programs (/usr), and personal files (/home) and keep them all together to minimize seeking between files...

A seek is a seek, it doesn't matter how you believe you've grouped the files together. What matters is their physical location on the platters: the closer to the outermost edge of the platter the faster the transfer speeds and lower the seek times.

because I've found (for example) Windows XP running practically exactly the same on a 15GB partition at the beginning of the disk as it did on a 60GB partition spanning the entire drive.

This here quite well demonstrates how little you understand about the topic; the size of the partition is irrelevant, the location of the files is not. You get EXACTLY the same speed with a 200TB partition as you get with a 200MB partition if the files themselves haven't moved.

I will just say that I still stand by what I said and will leave it at that.

Go ahead. Come back when you decide you don't wish to be wrong any longer.

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