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Computer said that the ide device is not working, how do i fix it

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Hi there.
The IDE device is the hard drive, if the system says its not working then it will have to be replaced, there is no way of fixing it.
Please be aware that this is a common problem so your not on your own.
I recommend the you purchace a Seagate hard drive as they come with a full five year guarantee.

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