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Ok, so I unplugged everything inside of the computer to use less power to see if that was what the problem was. It Didn't work but when I unplugged the hard drive, compuer will turn on and go to setup. So it looks like the probem is from the hard drive but now stuck again because what would be causing it not to turn on when hard drive is plugged in?

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  • PhillyComputerSpot Nov 22, 2009

    Even if I unplug the sata plug and just keep the power plugged into the hard drive, the computer will not turn on. Again it turns on fine without the Hard Drive. I just want to make sure that the problwm is the hard drive because I am going to buy another hard drive and i don't want it to be a waste of mone. Thanks for all your help already.

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Because the hard drive is bad and needs to be replaced then you have to load the operating system to format the drive to ntfs... otherwords win. me or newer.. email me direct and i will walk you through the process when you get a new drive. address is jregsr9304@gmail.com

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  • john regrut Nov 23, 2009

    most def. the problem is the h.d.

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