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Unable to reconnect hard drive.

Getting no hard drive detected message when trying to reinstall hard drive on dell dimension 4500 desktop appr 8 years old. Is the hard drive bad or just connected wrong?

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Check  for the connection first try two r three combinations and still if u dont get it then the hard drive is fault

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