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Freezes and then does not recognize the hard drive

Freezes, when rebooted does not recognize the hard drive. Had motherboard replaced by Apple in February and had a new hard drive (160 Gig) installed in april. Had the same problems before the repairs.

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Check for processor first then for RAM...possible due to processor problem....

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