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Hard drive replaced. But does not recognize hard drive. Old hard drive but back But does not recognize hard drive.

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Open the CPU and check whether it properly connected (both the wires sata cable and power cable)
then check in BIOS. is it detected if it is then change the boot device priority..
if its not detected then try to swap the wires with optical drive..
still not then change the HDD

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