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Difficulty with new hard drive on acer 3680

I just installed a new hard drive on my acer. System comes up and says media test failure. Check Cable? Initially it was saying operating system not found. Tried recovery disks as well as back up disks. Absolutely nothing happens. Any ideas? What am I missing? Also downloaded a boot up disk. That did not work either. Thanks for any guidance.

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  • sonnyrey Jan 04, 2009

    try reinstalling the os again

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Check if new drive is installed as Slave.
Only one master drive can be on same cable
setting can be selected with contact on device back if you use a flat cable..

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