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How can I get BIOS to detect HDD?

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robo_dev

I'm totally confused but....

In general, the PC should auto-detect anything you plug into the IDE interface.

So if that's not happening:
IDE cable, connector, jumpers ( obviously)
No +5V and +12V at drive power connector
IDE interface on drive is toast
IDE interface on MOBO is toast

If it's an older PC, you might also reset the BIOS to factory defaults and even try a BIOS upgrade, as maybe some drives might not work properly.