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I bought a dell demision 3000and i worked the first time i turned it on and then after that it keeps say primary drive not found and strike f1 for retry boot up and f2 for setup utility and when i press f1 and just keeps repeating the same thing

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Is this a new purchase? If it has a warranty call Dell. If not, then it sounds like either your hard drive data cable or power cable came loose - or the hard drive went bad...

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