Not sure if this is the appropriate forum. If not, please suggest an\nalternative.\n\nI just purchased a Seagate ST320005EXA101-RK which is a 2 TB external\nhard drive.\n\nI am getting ready to install Windows 7 to a desktop PC that currently\nhas Windows XP on it. As a precaution, I would like to clone the\ninternal hard drive of the PC to the Seagate external hard drive using a\nprogram called Clonezilla. With the term "cloning" I mean copying all\nthe sectors of my internal hard drive, including the unused sectors and\nthe MBR, to the Seagate external drive. This way, should the\ninstallation of Windows 7 fail for some reason, I can restore the\ninternal hard drive using the backup. My internal hard drive is 80 GB,\nso there should be no problem cloning it to the Seagate external drive.\n\nWhat I do not understand is whether I need to partition the Seagate\nexternal drive before starting the cloning procedure. It is my\nunderstanding that the process of cloning will destroy everything that\nis on the external hard drive. Through Windows Explorer I can see that\nthere are some files and directories on the Seagate external hard drive.\nThey must have been placed there by the Seagate factory and I think\nthat it would be better not to overwrite that stuff. So I was thinking\nabout creating two partitions on the Seagate external drive: One\npartition would harbor the files and folders that came with the Seagate\ndrive and a second partition that I would use to do the cloning of my\ninternal hard drive.\n\nWhat do you guys think?