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Need to replace hard drive on T2778 Emachine.

I was going to trash old computer because it crashed caused by a download from the internet but I was talked into replacing the Hard drive and memory in it. Can you tell me the steps I need to take to do this? The computer is a T2778 Emachine. Maybe 4 years old and has Windows XP installed.

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  • babyhogg Jan 18, 2008

    What do you mean if the hard drive is IDE? I am not very smart when it comes to computers. This is what came up when I pressed DEL as it booted up:

    Primary Master (none)

    Primary Slave (WDC WD2500JB-OORE)

    Secondary Master (Samsung DVD-ROM S)

    Secondary Slave (Samsung CD-R/RW S)

    Also you need to tell me how to set the CDROM and Hard Drive.



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You need memory modules with maximum 1Gb DDR 333Mhz.
For HD you can select whatever you like.

Just replace memory modules, install your new hard drive (if it is IDE set as master).
After that get in to the BIOS (normally press DEL when boot the computer) and from boot order select as first the CD-DVD ROM and as second the Hard Disk.
Put at the CD Device the CDROM with the windowsXP and restart the computer.
The guide to install windows XP is very clear but if you have more questions post again.

Posted on Jan 11, 2008

  • George Rokos Jan 18, 2008

    I did a search over the net and I found that your Hard Drive is IDE. (IDE is a connection protocol as it is the newest SATA last 5-6 years).

    So, on your motherboard you will find 2xIDE connectors.

    Normally on the first (IDE1 or Master) you have already connected your Hard Drive.

    There is another one same connector on the board. (IDE2 or Secondary).

    As usual, from this connector began a cable to the CD/DVD-ROM-(S).

    Based on your setup you will see that your Samsung DVD-ROM is on Secondary IDE Connector as Master and the Samsung CD-R is on the same connector as Slave.

    Each of these IDE cables has three connectors.

    One that is connected to the board,one in the middle of the cable (slave) and another one at the edge (Master).

    When you connect a device on these connectors should select on this device (Hard Disk/CD-ROM/DVD-ROM etc) if will be master or slave.

    To do that you have to see your device from the back side (connector side).Near to the connector there are same pins with a very small connector(jumper). With this and based on the stick on your device you can select if the device should be Master or Slave.

    There is another one option,CS (Cable Select) that did all the job automaticaly but I suggest you to manually select it.

    So, if you plug a new Hard Drive on the IDE channel 1 (Master on the board) use the other edge of the cable to connect it to the Hard Drive and set the small connector (jumper) as Master.

    Start your computer and during startup go the the BIOS (via DEL key) and at the Boot Option set as First Device your Master CD/DVD and as second your Hard Drive.

    Open the tray of the CD/DVD Rom, place the Windows CDROM

    and select from the BIOS Save and Exit.

    Normally your computer should be restart and will boot up from the Windows CDROM gives you a wizard to setup Windows.



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