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Two sets of warning beeps when booting

Tried to install a second hard drive and must have done something wrong because now when I turn on the computer I receive two sets of beeps 4 then 2. Anyone have an idea how to fix it so both drives work?

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Please tell me the make and model# of the drive you're installing and we'll get you fixed up. Thanks.

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