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Can not pick up my hard drive

Hi i have an abit va20 motherboard and lost my bios got a new bios chip installed it computer went through post and asked for installation disc started installing windows stopped part way saying no hard drive found checked bios to see if drive enabled but it says none to any made sure all are set to auto but still will not pick up any hard drives it picks up my cdrom and the floppy any suggestions please

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Check the jumpers on the HDD are not set to slave.

Try a different SATA channel (or IDE channel) on the MOBO.

Try different molex to power the drive up. Hold the drive when it is connected, does it hum indicating that the platter is spinning?

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