AndyHancock wrote: > I have a Toshiba Satellite A660 PSAW3C-047017 > running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. > I bought a 500 GB Momentus XT in December so that I can > clone to it (bootable clone, not recoverable image). I just > bought and installed Norton Ghost 15, but it can't see the drive, Yeah, thats one downside with Ghost, it can be a bit stupid. Mainly because it does stuff at the Win level. > which is connected to the laptop via eSATA. Disk Management > says I need to initialize the disk. I can't find an explanation of > what exactly initialization means. What exactly does it do? Partitions and formats the drive. > Various forum threads say conflicting things about the > end effect of initialization (whether it destroys data): Yeah, thats the downside I mentioned with various forums. Yes, the data on the drive is lost. > http://superuser.com/questions/283930/will-initializing-disk-make-data-unrecoverable > http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/29199-hard-drive-initialization-question.html > http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080214215647AAYFNGS > Since it's a new HDD, I guess I don't have to worry about that? Correct. > Should I choose MBR (Master Boot Record) or GPT (GUID Partition Table)? MBR. The drive isnt big enough to need GPT and will be what the current drive uses. > Finally, this may be a bit Seagate-specific for a non-Seagate thread, > but I'll put it out there in case anyone can chime in. I've read that > the Momentus XT has some intelligence built in to prevent performance- > degrading alignment problems with partition boundaries when Advanced > Format is used. It also advertises built-in intelligence to keep most > frequently accessed content in the SDD part of the HDD. Will any of > these be "messed up" by initialization, or the wrong partition style? Should be fine. It should warn you if that can be a problem. > What about formatting, is there anything to be careful about? Nope. It will be replaced by the cloning anyway.