How Can you convert a Seagate HDD to a WD HDD

March 10, 2011 at 16:30:46
Specs: Windows Vista
Is there a way to rewrite the format to turn a seagate HDD into a WD HDD ????

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#1
March 11, 2011 at 07:15:36
Not sure I understand your question. Are you asking how to convert a hard drive manufactured by the company Seagate into a hard drive manufactured by the company Western Digital? And this should be accomplished via formatting?

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#2
March 11, 2011 at 07:24:14
I think the OP needs to read up on just exactly what formatting is before they do something they might later regret.

http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=e...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_f...

What you are asking is like changing a Ford into a Ferrari simply by respraying it Red

Stuart


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#3
March 11, 2011 at 10:37:49
It sound like you are considering upgrading your hd.
Put the wd in as slave....use the hd utilities to copy over from the seagate to the wd
reset the wd to master.

If some one told you that you need to trick your system into thinking the wd is a seagate.......their full of beans

Your concerns should be IDE or Sata and if your system will support the size of the new hd.


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#4
March 11, 2011 at 18:06:32
Thanks the Advice, But more like rewriting the boot sector of a Seagate HDDto boot up as a WD HDD I have a 5ooGB Seagate HDD with no boot sector Its in FAT32 format i was just wanting to know if there is a software that could rewrite it to read as a WD HDD.

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#5
March 11, 2011 at 18:31:40
The boot sector, assuming you are talking about the Master Boot Record, on a Seagate drive is exactly the same as the boot sector on a WD drive, or any other drive from any other manufacturer and has nothing to do with the format of the drive. The master boot record is put there when the drive is partitioned.

The volume boot record is different for each file system and is put there during formatting. Strangely enough, it is still identical to a volume boot record on a Seagate drive, a WD drive or any other drive,

Forget about drive manufactures. All drive manufactures follow the same conventions as far as partitioning and formatting. It is the Operating System that is the deciding factor.

If you want the 500GB drive to boot the computer you are going to have to install an Operating System on it. There are ways of repairing a corrupted boot sector, but it needs on operating system on it for it to work. If it is already formatted it will already have both a master boot record and a volume boot record.

So if you tell us exactly what it is you are trying to achieve and maybe someone can help you. Forget about one drive being Seagate and the other WD, it is irrelevant. The information mentioned by Worldlibrary is very relevant.

Stuart


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#6
March 12, 2011 at 03:00:57
Great question! The answer is simple - shell out a few dollars.

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