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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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Re: Need to replace hard drive on T2778 Emachine.

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.

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2nd Option: If recovery CD/DVD got curropted and you are having the other OS CD/DVD, then try to load and format or install the OS. Also try to download the recovery image from vendor website.

Revert back for more assistance.

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O/S problem could be actually caused by several things but eventually it might not work at all. It can also be caused by a recent and rather nasty virus going around. I would save off any personal documents music pitcures as well as your favorites and emails adress's and anything else that would be "annoying" to loose. Once you have that done then you can try to fix it or take it to a shop. Basically you should start off restoring it to a previous working point. Next I would use an online antivirus scanner such as microtrends housecall (there are a few of them so use what you prefer). after that the next step would be to reinstall the operating system. Depending on which emachine it is it will either have a restore disk or use a part of the hard drive to store it.

Hardware problems could be either the cpu or the hard drive or the drive controller. Of those I would look at the hard drive or controller first. You can easily replace the drive but the controller is on the motherboard.

The biggest problem is balancing the cost of repairs verses a replacement. Given those symptoms it could either be a simple fix if it is virus or o/s or cost a good portion of a new box if it is hardware. As well it will depend on how much you can do before you need help from the shop.

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