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Error on laptop during startup

When booting up my toshiba satellite laptop,i get the error message 'IDE error:#0' and then it asks me to chack the cable. I wonder which cable its referring to. I've removed the HDD and replaced it but nothing seems to have changed.

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The IDE0 refers to the HDD ide cable connector. It may be faulty or the connection from the motherboard. When booting up pres F2 or Del to see if your HDD is being recognised, if not the cable will ned replacing.

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