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Replaced hard drive and now it won't boot up, says hard disk not found

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Make sure that it is set as a bootable drive in the bios,
Also, is it being picked up in the bios?
Is it an EIDE PATA drive, are the jumpers set correctly as master, if it is a SATA drive, has it been connected to the main SATA port, it is usually a different colour

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Did you set the jumper(s) on the new drive to match the settings on the old drive (usually CS or Cable Select)?

Did you double check the power connector was snug on the new drive? You may also want to double check the connector on the motherboard, SF systems are cranky about moving around, and mave have unseated the motherboard end of the cable.

Posted on Sep 08, 2010

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