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My motherboard is fried. If I placed the hard drive in an a800n would it be compatible?

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    joecoolvette May 11, 2010

    Provided your problem deals with taking a harddrive out of an HP Media Center M7160N, and placing it into an HP pavilion a800n; the answer is NO. The M7160N uses a SATA harddrive. The Pavilion a800n uses an IDE harddrive. (IDE is also referred to as PATA) Supporting Data: Specifications for the Media Center M7160N,http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/docum... Specifications for the Pavilion a800n,http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/docum... Suggest you use an external enclosure. Obtain one for a 3.5 inch SATA harddrive. Put the M7160N SATA harddrive in the external enclosure, plug the USB cable from the enclosure into the a800n computer. (Into any available USB port on the Pavilion a800n computer. Any unused USB port) Example of a SATA external enclosure,http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/...

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Guessing its a HP desktop and u wanna put it in there ? First thing is the interface - u hard drive is SATA or IDE ? Should be no prob either way...you can get connections for either.
Assuming u have an operating system on it, it probably wont boot fully or will boot and give u a blue screen...because the operating system will see this as a new computer.
Best option would be to hook it up as a secondry drive / or slave drive...boot the machine and get your data off it first then decide what to do next -- let me know how u got on ..

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