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Broken Hdd. Help?

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#1 mog16


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Posted 07 January 2006 - 01:58 AM

Basic story is that one day I was screwing around on my comp and suddenly I heard a large clicking sound coming from my computer and all activity on the computer halted. I turned off my computer quickly but now every time I try and turn on my computer it halts giving the error message boot failure: system halted. So my question is: with this discription is an appropriate diagnosis a mechanical hard drive failure? If so I am probably going purchase a new upgraded hard drive, but in order to get what I want (SATA HDD) I need to upgrade my motherboard. What do I need to know to purchase a motherboard that will be compatible with all of my current hardware?

thanks for the help.

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 09:30 AM

Depends what your current hardware is.

You'll need SATA ports on the mobo - or a SATA expansion card for a free PCI slot.

What's your vid card? You'll probably need an AGP slot, or maybe even a PCI-E slot

What socket is your CPU - you'll have to select the mobo based on that!
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