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"This is a very common mistake. Usually it is the motherboard or the boot drive. Some motherboards have two connectors: the really big 20-pin one, and a small 4-pin square one. If your motherboard does not have both of these, it will only have the 20-pin. Make sure that is secured into place. If that's ok, move on to all the hard drive cables: 4-pin power and 40-pin data. The data ribbon should trace to the motherboard. Also, the red side of the ribbon should be on both pins 1 or both pins 40; it cannot be turned around."

 (Submitted by Noel Sat Dec 11, 2004 )


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