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PC won't boot if SATA drive connected, drive works fine if plugged afterward

Hi,

My PC doesn't boot when my Maxtor 750GB SATA II disk is connected. Though, it works fine (detected as a removable device on Ubuntu) if I plug it after the SCSI splash screen. When my HDD is plugged in at boot, the boot procedure stop at this screen:
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SiI 3114 SATALink BIOS Version 5.0.39
Copyright (C) 1997-2004 Silicon Image, Inc.

3 MAXTOR STM3750330AS
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So the HDD seems to be recognized...

I think I have tried all the bios config possibilities. The current config is as follow:
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Advanced -> Chipset -> Onboard Device

VIA 1394 Enable Disable [Enabled]
Silicon Image Mode [SATA Mode]
Mac Interface [Enabled]
Onboard LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
Internal SATA IDE Interface [Enabled]
RAID Option ROM [Disabled]
---

Details on my HW:
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Motherboard: ASUS K8N-E Deluxe / ACPI Bios Revision 1012 BETA 007
Proc: Athlon 64 3200+
Drive: MAXTOR STM3750330AS
--

Thanks for your help!

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Try Hirens Boot CD. It has a lot of programs on it to detect format etc.
I think your hard drive has a missing or corrupt MBR and it needs to be replaced.
When I have had a hard dive not recognized I hve used Super Fdisk to format and reset hard drive.
On the boot disk

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