When you buy OEM hardware it is completely different from windows XP OEM.
OEM on hardware means that you are buying the bare product. It will probably have no fancy package and certainly no software. While the retail version will have a nice colourfull box and the software to watch DVD movies and burn DVD disks.
You will NOT get that software with an OEM version.
You CAN put it into any computer you want, as long as the computer will run it.
It just means that its a barebones drive. No burning software, cables and maybe not even any screws. If you don't already have something like Roxio or Nero you will have to purchase these additionally. But installing the drive is perfectly legal. Hardware doesn't have the same rules as software. But watch out for the probable lack of fixing screws.
Ok, Thanks Ed, im mainly looking on Savastore as i have used them previously and like them, and they have alot of OEM, im not wanting to spend a huge amount. I will check Ebuyer and Novatech, also im looking for a black one as the front on my PC is black.
OEM does not always mean no software - I used to frequently buy OEM LG drives for system building, which had OEM versions of Nero, an IDE cable, and mounting screws. At the same time Sony OEM drives came with nothing apart from the drive.
So you never can tell what you will get (unless you ask).
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