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Re Joe's 80GB hard drive not being recognized

In reference to Joe's 80GB hard drive issue I would be interested in knowing how he formatted his drive and if he used a 'third-party' software application to format the drive i.e. partition magic or some other application other than windows. If so, the issue could be with the HAL (hardware abstract layer) conflict which is caused sometimes by formatting the drive with an application other than the operating systems utilities. I would say that that information is necessary before proceeding with a possible fix for his issue.

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