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Powermate Eco Hard Drive Crashed

I have an NEC Powermate Eco. The hard drive crashed. How can I replace it and what type can I replace it with?

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  • ebmvegan Feb 03, 2009

    I removed the front bay as directed by the instructions. Are the optical and hard drives all in one case? The case reads, "TEAC CD-224E"


    PART NO. 1977047C-N4

    SERIAL NO. 2451026

    Thank you.


  • ebmvegan Feb 03, 2009

    Once removed, the unit looks just like an optical drive.

  • ebmvegan Feb 03, 2009

    Can you point out the hard drive

  • ebmvegan Feb 03, 2009

    Found it!

  • ebmvegan Feb 03, 2009

    Info on the drive states the following:



    There are 24 pins on top and 23 on the bottom to connect to the the cable.

  • ebmvegan Feb 05, 2009

    You ROCK! I was able to purchase the new hard drive. Unfortunately, the bios only supports up to a 40G drive and I couldn't go any higher. Thank you.

  • GottoLinux Apr 27, 2009

    Nice pics, how about upgrading/replacing the bios on the NEC Powermate Eco? I need to replace the bios, I am getting the 1-2-2-3 beep instead of a boot up. Substituted the hd and ram, neither did the job. Know what chip it is? And how to flash the bios? There is no floppy drive. Will flash thumb drive work?


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instructions on how to remove and replace the hard drive are on this PDF document.

You will need a pdf reader to open the document, if you are unable to open it download a pdf reader here

Can you remove the hard drive from the computer, write down the details that read on top of it, and also if you could look at the connectors and tell me the details so I can make sure I direct you at a proper replacement.

Thank you,

Posted on Feb 03, 2009

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  • Ekse Feb 03, 2009

    Ok, That seems to be the cd drive. Is there another drive under the cd drive? I'll have to look into this more then.

  • Ekse Feb 03, 2009

    The document said that, you can remove optical drive and hard drive by doing that, so I suppose the hard drive is below the cd drive. What does it look like?

  • Ekse Feb 03, 2009

    Ok I see, there is just the cd/dvd there. The hard drive must be at another location I will look into it.

  • Ekse Feb 03, 2009

    Hi again,

    If on the stand you only have the optical drive and there is no room for a hard drive there. Then it must be inside the back of the display.

    Heres the user guide which has instructions on how to upgrade the ram.

    we aren't actually upgrading the ram, but this should be helpful in takeing the computer apart and finding the hard drive that is inside.

    See page 9.

    The manual also contains the contact details of nec support incase you don't want to go in yourself to find out where it is, you could email and wait a day or two for the answer.

    Looking at the picture of the computer, the System board shield would need to come off to see the internals.

    I can see a wide flex cable that might be connected to the hard drive. but I've never been inside this computer or used it so I may very well be wrong. but in anycase if you want to find out where the hard drive is. It should be standard IDE - cheap and easyly available. I suspect you may need to remove the system board shield to see everything inside.

  • Ekse Feb 03, 2009

    I don't see it on this picture

    do you see this style of connector?

    or this style of cable?

    Looking at your picture

    Two possible cables there. Whats on the other ends?

  • Ekse Feb 03, 2009

    we may have to take the whole thing apart to find it. Let me know what you find at the other end of that silverish cable and that other flex cable.

  • Ekse Feb 03, 2009

    the picture didn't come out very well, too small. can you take the hard drive out? can you get me some details from it and a picture possibly? from connectors also? and I'll tell you what you need.


  • Ekse Feb 04, 2009


    Its a standard 2.5" laptop hard drive - ata
    heres the documents for the drive if your intrested

    These driver are available on ebay for example

    The computer should support atleast few hundred GB drive. but if you want to be on the safe side the 20 and 40GB drives should work 100%. bigger drives should also work but if they don't then the bios doesn't support that big of a drive. 20-40GB is a safe bet. you can try bigger.

    Anything Else?


  • Ekse Feb 05, 2009


    do you need further assistance? I would appriciate it if you could rate my support if you have gotten the problem solved or let me know if you have any questions.


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