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In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "EDJO" <Ed@Jo.com> wrote:
> Hello, All!
> I have the A7M266 Socket A motherboard with AMD 761 chipset.
> Now I want to buy a new HD that is designated:
> - Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300GB PATA 16Mb 7200rpm 1pk bulk
> As far as I understand, this HD should work on my UltraDAM/100 EIDE
> Am I right on this?
> Should I upgrade the BIOS?
> Another (maybe dumb) question: what does "1pk bulk" mean?
> Thnx i.a.
> With best regards, EDJO.
When a drive is "bulk" or "OEM", the package contains only a
disk drive. There will be no fancy cables, drive rail kit,
screws, user manual, colorful box etc. But the single most
important difference between "retail" and "OEM/bulk", is
the warranty. The warranty on OEM drives is generally worse
than on a retail drive, and is the reason why the price
is so reasonable. If you got a good price, it could mean
if the disk drive fails 366 days from now, there is no
warranty to get it replaced. Talk to your retailer, and
find out the exact terms of the warranty.
And while you are at it, think carefully about how you will
be doing backups on a 300GB disk drive. That is a lot
of data to archive.