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Computer build and upgrade

I am needing help and really don't know a thing about hardware. Maybe I can get some answers. I was given an emachine. I know what your going to say, trash it and get another one, but I am cheap and this gives me another project to try to figure out.

I do want to say I save a lot of pictures and work with them, so I am trying to figure out the best option here.

The Emachine doesn't have a hard drive. The original machine had a 40GB Hard Drive, something called Ultra DMA. Will any brand name or non brand namehard drive work? Do I need to upgrade to 120GB? Does it matter if it is something else besides Ultra DMA?

The person that gave me the computer said the CD Rom didn't work. I kept trying to boot or read the CD. But nothing ever happened? Any suggestions? Buy another one.

Here is what is written on the computer.

T2542
EMachine

2.50 GHZ Intel Celeron Processor

CD-RW
48X Max Write
40GB Hard Drive
Ultra DMA

Again, any suggestions besides getting another computer. I am a tight wad and refuse to buy anything new. Also, remember working with pictures and trying to figure out how to no use up all my space on the computer.

Thanks

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Computer build and upgrade

Assuming that the only thing that is missing is the HD, go buy a 120gb hard, LOOK for one that is one sale with a BIG rebate.
Now you need to hook up the HD and install your OS, John

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upgrade how to

go to www.tigerdirect.com. i got a 160gb hd for $50 after repate. i used to have an emachines, and i loved it.maxtor is a very good brand for hds. you may want to also look at their floppy drives. they have one that also reads digital camera cards for $20. i have it, it works great. just look around, i learned everything i needed to build this one, just from reading product descriptions. make sure before you buy, that all specs match all other hardware specs

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Wow, you could get a 160GB hard drive

either IDE or SATA when on sale during holiday season, right now for as little as $20-$40 at compusa. so tigerdirect isn't cheap. Never has been if you ask me.

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