Hard DRives OEM v Retail

  Terry Brown 21:04 21 Jun 2006

I need a new hard drive , and looking at Novatech, I notice sopme drives are OEM and some are retail. I know with software OEM it is tied to the motherboard, but Harddrives ?.

Any help in explaining please.


  User-312386 21:12 21 Jun 2006

OEM = No Leads, No Manual, Just the bare drive

Retail = Leads and maual etc etc

  ade.h 21:14 21 Jun 2006

And in the case of WD, OEM = 3yr warranty and retail = just a 1 yr warranty. But that's the exception rather than the rule.

  DieSse 22:05 21 Jun 2006

I always used to get manuals with my OEM Seagate drives. There's no really hard and fast rules as to what you might get, other than you probably will get more with Retail packs - and a nice cardboard box ;-))

  woodchip 22:13 21 Jun 2006

OEM does not have a Software disc. just bare drive

  spuds 22:27 21 Jun 2006

I am with DieSse on this one. At times there appears to be no hard and fast rule to what you may receive. I have had oem products, and all the clips, brackets, screws and software have been provided. The same rules applies to the warranty, and I would suggest that you check this out before purchase, whether there is a 3 or 1 year warranty being provided.

Companies that offer an extended warranty, normally supply on a 1 year cover, the remaining 2 years via extended extra warranty. PC World use to do this, whether they still do, I would not know, as I purchase mainly from Ebuyer, Novatech etc. Reference to my point was an oem recently purchased item (dvd writer) from Ebuyer, and an item from Novatech previously.Both arrived with all components.

  vinnyT 11:28 22 Jun 2006

If you already have a hard drive, then you already have the cable, screws and fittings, you can download the software you may need (you prob don't) from the manus website. In this case you can save a few quid and get OEM.

Hope this helps.

  citadel 18:35 22 Jun 2006

Two things that are always best to get retail box are hard drives and memory.

  Pine Man 19:02 22 Jun 2006

As I type this I have my fingers crossed!

I have never bought any HDs other than OEMs and never experienced any problems.

As has been said earlier you have probably already got the cables and fixings, you don't need any software and you sure as heck don't need instructions and a flash box.

All my OEMs have been Maxtor and, as far as I can tell, have been exactly the same as the 'full' versions.

  Terry Brown 20:57 22 Jun 2006

Thanks all. I thought that maybe once you had used it, it wrote a block (instruction) to the hard drive preventing it from being used on another system (or Upgrade)

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