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Hard drive replacement on ibm

After replacing hard drive data is not read from it (hard drive)

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Hello Kama,
Did you try and check first in the Laptop's BIOS if the system can see the new hard disk? Please check first on that,on most IBM BIOS'es you need to press F1 or F2 to get in and go to Disk Drives and check if you can see your hard disk.

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