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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by starwolf39, Jan 27, 2002.

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  1. starwolf39

    starwolf39 Thread Starter

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    i got an HP Pavilion 7960, which comes with a 40 GB hard drive. i want to upgrade it, and I've been looking into the 100 GB and 120 GB Western Digital hard drives. Will there be any complications in changing them, meaning is this whole the compatibile and all?
    what does OEM bare drive mean also?
     
  2. brianF

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    see this maybe it will answer your question, worse comes to worse you would have to use datalifegaurd tools
    http://www.wdc.com/support/tips/index.asp?tip=69

    oem bare means you get just the drive, no documentation, box, etc. The documentation can be downloaded from western digital.
     
  3. starwolf39

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    im running XP so i see that there isn't much of a problem with recognizing large capacity hard drives. what i mean is, are there any special cables that i need to buy if i was to switch hard drives listed above? i believe that the western digital is EIDE, which i'm not sure thats what i have now. whats the difference between EIDE and SCSI, and is it possible to switch from EIDE to SCSI and vice versa?
     
  4. n2gun

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    there is a big difference between eide and scsi. if you have a eide drive now you would have to buy a scsi controoler card which last time I priced one was $100 just for the card. chances are very good that you now have a eide drive in your computer along with the controller card. They definitely are not interchangeable. you can go to the site below and run Belarc and it should tell what you have.

    http://www.belarc.com

    It is a free download.
     
  5. n2gun

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    go to my computer on desktop and click it... then click on control panel then system on the box that comes up you will see a tab that says Device Manager .. click that and look on the list for hard drive then click on the + and open it up if it says ide controller there you have an ide or eide drive now
     
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    i used the belarc program and it says that i have primary and secondary IDE controller installed, so that means that I can change my hard drive to a western digital that is EIDE and everything will be OK, right? is there a difference between IDE and EIDE?
     
  7. n2gun

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    EIDE is just an improvement in ide tecnnology and should work just fine for you. Good luck and any problems post back
     
  8. faith

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    If you get to the point where you're looking to buy, CompUSA has Western Digital 100 GB 7200 RPM hard drives for $20 off at the register and a $50 rebate until 3/2. So your price ends up being around $180.
     
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