Probably not. If you upgrade your windows version, or install the latest service pack, then it might partition the whole 500 gb. I use the hardrive software to prep a new drive. It may ask you for what windows version you will be using. The software can also make a clone of another drive. Maxblast 5.0 works with seagate or maxtor drives. Other brands have similar software that acts as a boot device. It comes with retail box versions, or you can download it for free.