Speaking hypothetically here...If I was building a computer, and had two **OEM** Western Digital Raptor HDDs, how would I go about installing them without any drivers? Or would I need any drivers? Or what the heck would I need? Just wondering, cuz on NewEgg the Raptors are 60 bucks cheaper for OEM over retail. TIA EDIT: and in terms of standard SATA150 7,200RPM HDD's, what is the brand of choice in terms of speed? WD, Seagate, Maxtor, Fujitsu, or Hitachi? :uhm: I have a WD and a Maxtor; both work fine.
All you would need to get is the approiate interface cables, I think IDE? Then let windows format them and your ready to rip:D I love my maxtor Hd, I would go with them.
Thanks Pete. It's a SATA drive, but I wouldn't think it would make a difference.
i have a couple of seagate drives that are 2 years old and still run fine, if you dont want to reinstall windows you can download software from their website which will transfer your OS across to the new drive, its called 'Discwizard'
they also have some software which will format a SATA drive as windows sometimes doesnt recognise a SATA drive until its formatted
Thinking about it.
Know what the difference between an OEM and a retail drive is? The retail drive comes in a pretty box and costs $60 more in this case. Beyond that, there is no difference. Procedures are the same.
:agreed OEM means Original End Manufacturor, which is basically just the company that makes the hard drives selling the stuff they make directly without selling it on to other companies. I always go for OEM, as the only thing it lacks are, as C38368 said, the pretty case and instruction manuals (But what's there to know about installing a hard drive? Plug it in and run an OS...).
Btw, you still need to install your motherboard's SATA drivers or the drive will not be detected. Or if you wanted to be fancy you could slipstream the drivers into your windows installation and save yourself the hassle of messing about with floppy disks when installing windows a-fresh.
Alright, thanks for your help everyone. :) EDIT: Yay, my 400th post :D :naughty:
Hard disks don't need drivers. Only the disk controller uses drivers.