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Failure hdd at startup

At startup i have the message:pxe-e61 media failure test check the cable

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This error indicates the hard drive is not detected or not plugged in. Open the case and see if the hard drive cabling is connected. Some SATA cables don't stay connected particularly if the cables do not latch properly.

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