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Oem Hard Drive. - What Do The Cds That Come With Retail Hd's Do?


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#1 Mr_Freeware

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 03:13 PM

i just ordered an OEM hard drive.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822144422

i hope i did the right thing. retail hard drives come with software cds. what exactly do those cds do and do i even need them?

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 03:18 PM

The cds that come with retail hard drives are not normally needed with most computers. However, if your machine was made before 2002, you may need some of the utilities on the cd, which are available as a download from the manfacturer. I could give a better answer if I knew what machine you have.
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Posted 28 April 2007 - 03:52 PM

its an emachines model T2240. i got it on June 28, 2003.

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 04:22 PM

It should work.

I could not find enough specifics on this specific system. E machine does not nor could I find the exact specifications for your mainboard give a when you set up the hard drive make sure you use the CS jumper setting.

Is the drive going to be used as a replacement for the C Drive or as an additional drive?
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Posted 28 April 2007 - 04:36 PM

replacement :thumbsup:

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 04:41 PM

Excellent! do you still have the original recovery CDs that came with that machine? You will need those to reload all the factory original software.
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Posted 28 April 2007 - 04:44 PM

yes i do. Posted Image

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?loca...000dd04090aRCRD

from what im reading, windows XP versions before august 2002 dont support over 137gb hard drive space. but it says that it CAN support it once you download service pack 2.



http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;303013

^to enable it, i think i would have to do what it says here.



http://www.unicore.com/forms/leads/bios_upgradeform3.cfm

^and i think i would also need to update my bios HERE, because i dont think my motherboard currently supports it (manual doesnt mention anything about it supporting 48-bit LBA)


and if i understand correctly, i could just get a controler card and then i wont have to do update the bios. but updating the bios would be free and buying a card would cost money.

and i think the cd that comes with retail hard drives automaticly configures the hard drive so that i wont have to go to that microsoft link and enable things myself.

but seagate (the hard drive company) lets you download the DiscWizard software for free.


do i understand this correctly?

Edited by Mr_Freeware, 28 April 2007 - 06:18 PM.


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Posted 28 April 2007 - 06:55 PM

Yes. Try to upgrade the bios, go here for much better information.

http://www.badflash.com/biosdownload.html

If you only have service pack one on the recovery disks, you can always access the unused space when service pack two is applied. the manfacturers utility should only be used when the bios cannot be upgraded or flashed. It uses software to simulate 48 bit LBA, and adds an additional software layer which slows down the machine.
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Posted 02 May 2007 - 02:53 PM

ok. my new hard drive just came in the mail. i have some questions before i do anything.

1. do i have to do anything special to format the drive, or do i just pop in the windows restore cd that came with the computer?

2. should i update the bios NOW? before i install the new hard drive. i would like to get this part out of the way.

3. what happens if i screw up the bios. can that PERMENANTLY ruin the motherboard? a battery is supposed to hold the information in the motherboard. those batteries have to go bad sometime. so i figure that the battery dying must erase the bios memory and dead batteries dont permanantly ruin motherboards, so it SHOULDNT be possible to permenantly ruin everything...right?

4. im confused as to where to find the bios to update my motherboard.

my mother boards model# is IM845GL the Bios is PHOENIX

a BIG thanks to anyone who can help.

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Posted 02 May 2007 - 07:15 PM

1> Just install the hard drive and put in the recovery disk one, read and follow the instructions on screen.

2> if the computer recognizes the full hard drive, do not flash the bios.

3> a bad flash can ruin the permanent opcode. a dead battery just causes the computer settings to go poof.
check my previous link to badflash.com.

4> here is a link to the page on emachines for your model computer, I see no bios downloads available.
My recommendation is to never flash the bios if you are unsure about anything. This is always a last resort
procedure and should not be attempted lightly.

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Posted 03 May 2007 - 06:53 PM

thank you. thats why i decided to wait and ask people before i did anything. someone at the techguy.org forums told me that All 845 chipsets support 48 LBA. thanks to all who helped or tried. :thumbsup:

Edited by Mr_Freeware, 03 May 2007 - 06:53 PM.


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Posted 03 May 2007 - 06:59 PM

and Thank you. Please keep us apprised of the project with the new hard drive.

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