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Old 12-07-2008, 03:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I plan on buying an OEM Hard drive to save some money, but this will be my first computer build and I am wondering what is the difference between installing and being made functional an OEM hard drive vs a retail one?
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OEM doesn't come with cables...that's about it...and no software
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Yup, OEM just means it isn't coming with anything, software, cables, etc. They are usually intended for mass purchasing in which cabling and software isn't needed.
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Your cables for the hdd should come with the motherboard . You should get OEM of every component you can.
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Every component except the motherboard.
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Default Re: Retail v OEM Hard drives

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I plan on buying an OEM Hard drive to save some money, but this will be my first computer build and I am wondering what is the difference between installing and being made functional an OEM hard drive vs a retail one?
OEM = the hard drive only, no documentation, no software, no wires.

I got OEM HD, DVD drive and OS when I did my build, that presented no issues at all and I had nothing when I started in the way of spare parts/cables/software, etc.
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