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Replaced 80gb with 500gb sata wd green also have 500gb sata as second drive bios level 10 sees both in setup but nothing is available in boot including well used cd drive- system dell dimension 4700- any ideas how to get this thing to boot.

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Did you remember to set one drive as a master and the other as a slave driver?

To do so. Removed the drive and look on either the front or back and it'll give you the jumper set up.

Master is the primary boot drive and the slave will the be media, documents drive

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