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Laptop won't boot..

My Dell Inspiron 8500 won't boot to the Hitachi Travelstar 40GB drive.

Error message is "Primary Hard Disk Drive 0 Not Found". No bootable devices.

Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Try new hard drive 1st ok

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