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    Question on formatting a SATA drive

    I just picked up a new Seagate 500 GB SATA hard drive to replace my older ATA's. I am going to use Seagate's software to clone my OS onto the new one but want to create a partition for my OS.

    Should I partition it before I clone the OS or do I do it after ?

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    Definitely. Set up whatever partitions you want on the new drive and then clone to the partition you want.

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    Thanks for the reply. That's what Seagate told me too !

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    Make sure to defragment your old drives before you clone.

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    Silly question here, but where can I locate the SATA drivers ?
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    SATA drivers are only specific to a motherboard chipset. if the mobo uses a VIA chipset, then you need via sata drivers, intel for intel boards, etc.
    Therefore you may not find them on seagate's site. Check the Motherboards website.

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    Browse the disk that came with your mobo. The SATA drivers should be on there.

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    I got it installed fine and everything is working but in Sandra it's showing up as an ATA drive. Is that normal, and do I still need to grad the drivers off my mobo disk ?
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