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Is partitioning hard drives on Mac OS X recommended or advisable?

Is partitioning hard drives on Mac OS X recommended or advisable?

I'm using Mac OS X more and more, having come from Windows XP. Since Win9x I've been partitioning my drives into C and D partitions. C is the Systems/Programs partition, D is for Data. The reasons being that it is easier to back up data and when the eventual re-install of Windows is necessary, I just format C and do a clean install.

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Since Lion, I've partitioned a few hundred Gigs off, to be used for Time Machine Backups. While this will not protect me from a hardware failure, it has saved me from a boot partition corruption that happened during a panic while shutting down, and gives me several other backup benefits, such as restoring older versions of applications or documents, or doing an system restore if I suspect an application has destabilized my system. However, I haven't really found it useful to partition portions of the standard filesystem in either MacOS nor Linux/FreeBSD... In fact, I've found that to cause more trouble in the long run, when one partition filled up whilst there was ample space available in another.