Possible to have too many partitions?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by audieannie, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. audieannie macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2014

    I test the Mac version of software for a certain company.

    This is a relatively new job, and I was given access to an iMac and a Macbook Pro.

    The software I test is supported in various versions of OSX: 10.7 through 10.9 and soon, Yosemite.

    My IT guys don't want me partitioning the HD of the iMac into 4 partitions...I wanted to install each version of OSX our software can be run on. They would rather I do a VM.

    While I don't mind using a VM, I still want to know if there is any other reason (besides convenience) that I shouldn't create 4 bootable partitions? Initially the IT guy told me he didn't want more than 2 partitions on either of my machines. Why not?

    The main reason partitioning doesn't sound so bad to me is, I am restarting my computers all the time with installing/uninstalling software. Sometimes VMs are slow and do weird things...I would honestly rather just partition.

  2. OLDCODGER macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2011
    Lucky Country
    Cannot comment on internal drives, but I have had four partitions on a 1TB ext drive for quite some time - without problems.

    Perhaps the IT guy is thinking of simplicity - for his own sake.
  3. alksion macrumors 68000


    Sep 10, 2010
    Los Angeles County
    Agreed. More chances of something possibly going wrong.

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