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I would start with the simple things like making certain that the hard drive's connections are in fact connected properly. It also can't hurt to disconnect and reconnect both cables that connect to the hard drive on both ends (with the system turned off.) If that does not make the system detect the hard drive, there is a good possibility that there is indeed a hardware failure. The next step would be to try replacing the cable that connects the drive to the motherboard and even trying a different power cable coming from your power supply. If that doesn't get you anywhere you could try to connect the hard drive to a different port on the motherboard (if it's a SATA drive- the kind that uses a thin, usually red or gray cable to connect to the motherboard) to see if the port has gone bad. If none of that solves it, then the culprit will most likely be the hard drive itself and a replacement drive will be required- at which point it may make sense to take it to a local repair shop. Most folks have better luck at smaller shops as opposed to Best Buy, FYI!
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