Desktop: Internal hard drive questions

By neowing
Oct 12, 2009
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  1. Hello ? Techspot.
    I am looking for "Desktop: Internal harddrive".
    But I have several questions regarding upgrade my harddrive:

    Story will following....
    Someday, I will upgrade my OS(WinXP) into Win7. However, I have to choose between retail and OEM version of Harddrive because my motherboard is "ASUS P5B Deluxe". I am not sure it will support Win7 and if it is not support Win7, I might buy the new motherboard.

    Which version should I buy ? Retail or OEM.

    I am prefer:
    SATA 3.0
    7200 RPM 32MB Cache
    Price range: $50 -$75
    Brand: I am not sure but anything that must the best brand.

    My computer spec will following:

    Intel Core 2 CPU: 6400, 2.13GHz
    WinXP SP3
    Asus P5B Deluxe
    2GB Ram
    HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-H10N
    Harddrive: WDC WD800JB-00JJCO
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT

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    neowing
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,732   +156

    Seagate hard drives are my favorite drives, but it is a choice you must make in your area of the World
  3. neowing

    neowing TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 247

    Which version should I buy ? OEM or Retail if I am going to change my motherboard ?

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    neowing
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,732   +156

    Retail will have the SATA power and interface cable. Maybe mounting screws too, OEM will have the drive alone. If you have SATA cables go OEM, if you don't have cables go Retail
  5. neowing

    neowing TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 247

    What if....


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    neowing
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,732   +156

    It doesn't matter what motherboard you have as long as it will support SATA devices. If it doesn't support SATA 3.0, there is a jumper on a SATA 3.0 drive that you can set for older SATA spec motherboards. Windows 7 should work ok. there is a Windows 7 compatibility test you can run on your current hardware
  7. neowing

    neowing TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 247

    You mean even if I buy OEM Internal Harddrive, I don't have to worry about if I change the motherboard as long as it support SATA ?

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    neowing
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,732   +156

    In one word... Yes!
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,537   +858

    With respect to the HDD itself, there is NO differenct between OEM and retail models. The difference between OEM and Retail drives is that OEM is a "bare: drive. there is no software disc, or SATA connector cable. The software that you might need is usually available at the HDD manufacturer's web site. The SATA cable is another matter. Most motherboards (retail), come with SATA cables. However, while the drives usually ship free, if you need a cable to connect the drive, there is usually a shipping charge involved. This means,in some cases, almost ten dollars for the cable and its shipping.

    As TMagic said Seagate makes great drives. You also might want to look at the new Western Digital "Caviar Black" models.
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,732   +156

    Hey captaincranky,
    I guess you didn't see this ;)
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,537   +858

    I can't read,I used to work for the post office.
     
  12. neowing

    neowing TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 247

    Thank you for replying.

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    neowing
  13. neowing

    neowing TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 247

    Hello ? I forgot to ask one thing: which online store is the cheapest and fast deliverly ?
    I am in USA region. I know there are "newegg" and "tigerdirect": Can anyone list any other online store ?

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    neowing
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