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I cannot boot to my hard drive. The bios does not detect my hard drive, yet it appears in device manager and I can access the hard drive via the F8 key and selecting start normally. What could be the problem and do you have a possible solution?

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What do you mean by "it appears in device manager " if you cant boot there is no device manager. That aside it sounds like you are putting in to big of a drive for your BIOS so go to the motherboad,s web site and download the lastest BIOS

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If you can't see the hd in bios, it's not really there..right? you can turn it off, in set up, restart, then enter setup again, and turn it on..make sure it's seated firmly in that section, yes?

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Fixing a "no bootable devices" error can prove costly.
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