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Ndevice available I bought new hard drive but I still receive this message no device available strike f1 to retry boot,f2 for set up utility. when I press f1 the same message is still coming up.

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Press F2 go into the BIOS, check the hard disk settings, make sure it is set to auto (detect)

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