Greetings, I'm a complete neophyte to the Xbox modding scene. Please excuse any inaccuracies or shortcomings in my tech vocabulary. My Xbox's hard drive is dead (RIP). It's making a repetitive ticking sound characteristic of dead hard drives, so I believe it's ready for the junk pile. At this point I'm considering modding the Xbox, thus enabling me to install a new hard drive and possibly use the Xbox as a multimedia center as well. I have cracked open the Xbox (thanks Llama) and determined the version (it's either 1.4 or 1.5--I can't be sure without further testing). However, I have several questions regarding the process. 1. Will installing a mod chip allow me to replace my dead hard drive with a new one? Do I need to retrieve any information from the dead drive or the EEPROM? 2. In general, are there any advantages/disadvantages to using a solderless installation? 3. Is it possible to use Xbox Live after installing a mod chip? 4. I would also like to know your recommendations for mod chips. There are quite a few to choose from and I'm having difficulty in deciding what would fit my needs the best. For now, my needs are quite limited, but they may grow in the future. =) Thanks in advance!