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    Installed new SATA but computer does not recognize it. Read I might need to update the BIOS but in Drive Configuration...I only see the orginal drive...no ofther SATA on port 1,2 or 3? Can someone help?

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So you want to Install a new Hard Drive?

Im assuming your New Hard drive is a SATA connector. Reply if it isn't.

Open up your computer case and look for the current hard drive. place the new hard drive in a free spot and screw it in. then plug in the SATA power cable and then the SATA interface cable and the other end on the motherboard by locating a free socket usually orange (Gigabyte Motherboard).

If you do not have a SATA power connector, you can get a Molex to SATA converter or you should buy a new power supply that has SATA power connectors.

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Not Andrea, just wanted to offer;

1) Installed a new larger Harddrive for the laptop?
There is a special procedure for this. Depends on what laptop we're discussing here.
A new harddrive will have no operating system on it. BIOS needs to recognize the harddrive.

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