i'm from new zealand, so not sure about SATA drives in the 9300 in other countries. i didnt have a configuration choice for my hard drives when i ordered apart from hard drive capacity. i ordered online, chose the components i wanted and it was as simple as that. and then a few months later the 9400 was out.
i got the 9300 cause it was on offer (i assume cause the 9400 was about to come in) so they gave heaps of upgrades, like free carry case, free hard drive upgrade, free 9 cell battery and 3 year standard cover also included in the price.
so all i did was go online, choose the 9300 and configure what i wanted and that was that.
i did put in epp because my work does participate in that program, unless thats what it was. as far as i could tell, my laptop was new and not refurbished....i tried to check every component when it arrived at my doorstep.