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Gateway ma7 will not boot up. Tried to restore it with a disc but then it says the hard drive is non existant-would there be another issue?

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Is your restore disc the MS OS disc?are you trying to fresh install OS? if so then you need a restore/ OS disc with SATA drivers in it...then it will 'see/recognise' your HDD

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