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Installed a new WD Caviar into a Dell Dimension 5150 to replace failed Hard Drive. Wont boot on start-up. A cant find drive message comes up. F1 through it and starts up OK. Seems to be recognising the drive in the BIOS menu.

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Restart your computer.
Enter BIOS SETUP.
Check the list of disk-drives (and CD/DVD drives).
You have "manually" added a device that no longer is connected.
So, you get the "cannot find drive" is generated.
Disable/Remove the non-existent device,
and then you will not need to press 'F1' to continue.

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