How can I install a Seagate hard drive that says OEM distrubtion into my computer as a second hard drive?

by on July 28, 2010

Q: I have a old IBM APTIVA Computer it got frozen in ms dos mode i had to format it and unfortunately i could only reinstall windows 98.. Now I have an old hard drive which is a Seagate which says (this drive is manufactured by seagate for OEM distribution. Can I install this hard drive into my old computer as a second drive and how do i do it? I also have a disk that says OEM Plus-product recovery cd-rom Micro Win.XP, now will the drive need any install or ? disks & if I have to use this cd will i b able to? I am really hoping that alot of my old personal files and programs from a couple computer ago may still b accessible and i may b able 2 download some of them onto my IBM…


3 Responses to “How can I install a Seagate hard drive that says OEM distrubtion into my computer as a second hard drive?”
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    Yes, you should be able to install this hard drive assuming you have the appropriate plugs for it.

    Assuming it is an IDE type drive see this page for some instructions: http://www.helpwithpcs.com/upgrading/install-hard-drive.htm

     
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    thanks mark for all your help, I havent tried it yet but just a quick ? since my old computer ran on windows 98 because i am putting this new but old drive in its place as master..& its seagate for OEM would it be better & HOW do I get the auto detect program to stop searching & PUT IN this OEM Plus-product recovery cd-rom Micro Win.XP, which I asume is the hard drives disk..so that way my pc will run on XP not 98 or will auto detect etc. automatically pick up the XP??

     
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    OEM only refers to how a part is packaged.

    Generally a computer part is packaged either for OEM or Retail.

    Retail means it gets a big box with a pretty picture on it for sitting on the shelf at your local computer store

    OEM means it goes in a simple cheap cardboard box or just some bubble wrap.

    So totally ignore “OEM” on your stuff, it doesn’t tell you anything about how it works.

    If that recovery CD didn’t come with the APTIVA computer, then you shouldn’t use it.