Your data might be "safe" in another partition (presumably on the same drive) but if the drive fails, you're stuck unless you have backups on a different drive anyway. Backups should be on a different drive, and again, whether you choose to use partitions or not is completely irrelevant.
Nope, it isn't. I take an image of my smaller sytem partition, and synchronise my data to off-box storage based on file level changes - the use of a system partition is absolutely core to this.
That said, system recovery is obviously highly irrelevent to the Mac folks
Eh? That seems a rather facetious comment
Don't think so; I've been reading Apple brochures and I'm pretty sure this is true.
and I am extremely old fashioned in that I have seperate rooms in my house for different purposes too (which was very useful when I wanted to re-tile the downstairs loo floor 'cos I didn't have to refloor the entire house)
And yet, all the rooms in your house are in the same property, divided by walls. If you decide that your walls are going to be fixed partitions, you have problems if you need room A to be slightly bigger and room B slightly smaller to best suit your needs.
However, if you choose a different dividing mechanic, say, "folders", then you can easily move the walls of your house around accordingly, letting rooms shrink and expand according to your useage. You get the same effect of splitting your house into separate rooms, with extra flexibility and no disadvantages over using partitions.
If I used folders all my shelves would fall down.
Guys, partitions are so easy to create and change that the effort is virtually negligable vs the benefits of easier housekeeping, and because I also have a seperate page file partion I don't have to keep hammering my drives to defrag them.
Andi, www.thedustbowl.net Mixing, Mastering, Audio Editing at The Dustbowl Audio