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Putting a non-dell HDD in a Dell PC


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#1 stryke297

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 09:35 AM

I know that Dell is very proprietary with all of their hardware. If I would have tried to put the HDD that came out of my old desktop and put in in a different computer upon booting I'd get a message proclaiming some Dell security violation and that the specific HDD wouldn't boot up. Does dell have some security feature if I were to take any HDD and try to put it in the Dell computer?

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 09:47 AM

I think software installed on some Dell OEM HDs check for a Dell BIOS to prevent that HD from being used as a boot drive on a non Dell OEM system. That being said I have never run across it, but I don't put it past Dell/Microsoft to do something like that. Nothing a good FDisk and format won't solve. I have slaved OEM HDs both internally and with USB adapters and never had a problem accessing their data.

As for putting another HD into a Dell machine, I have replaced dozens of HDs (with WDs and Seagates) in Dells/HPs/Compaqs/Gateways/Emachines and never had a problem.

Edited by dpunisher, 26 May 2009 - 09:49 AM.

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 12:30 PM

If you are trying to use the HD as a promary/Master without reinstalling Windows that could be an issue.
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Posted 26 May 2009 - 05:53 PM

I have two HDD's that are completely empty that I can put in this computer.

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 06:28 PM

Put one in & install Windows !
Go to the Dell site for the latest drivers & you should be good to go.
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Posted 27 May 2009 - 09:20 AM

Lol the issue is having to get a key. I actually might have some old Windows XP recovery CD lying around...




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