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Hello,
I have a HP Pavillion dr4 that the hard drive died in. I went and bought a new hard drive and installed it into the laptop. The laptop says it doesn't recognize the new hard drive. I do know that it needs to be formatted before I can replace the operating system (Vista), but how can I get the laptop to let me format a drive it doesn't recognize? Any help would be great.

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Go into BIOS and look around. Also, look on the hard drive and make sure the jumper setting is for master. If that doesn't work, try cable select. If that still doesn't work, try no jumper at all. One of those should make it work. If not, see what settings you can change in BIOS.
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I tried Bios settings but there are no obvious settings to change. Being a laptop I looked at the hard drive the good and the bad and found no jumper settings to switch. Not sure about the cable select but if your reffering to the hook up, there is only one. Any more ideas, and thank you for the suggestions
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cable select is just another jumper setting. sorry, i havent worked on a laptop before. See if there is a bios setting for hard drives. try to set it for 'auto' on everything about the hard drive. try moving the cable to another ide slot on the hard drive, unless thats what u meant. try updating bios if u can. look on the laptop companies website for updates
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by the way, if you can get the windows disc to run, go through the steps it shows you. you will not need to format the hard drive in all cases. even if you do, windows will give you the option when installing. see if windows will detect the hard drive.