Why is IDE in BIOS not detected

Gateway 7320gz notebook
January 1, 2011 at 08:02:42
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Pent 4 / 512mb
IDE Primary and Secondary not detected at start up in Bios. Error message states media test failure, check cables (This is a laptop Notebook from Gateway 7320GZ). Computer was hit with virus/false app; removal of virus/false app was impossible, it would not let me load and run anti virus program; I removed Hard drive, hooked into another Notebook and ran anti virus program scan (Nortons) and was able to remove the virus and a few others that I was not aware of from the drive. Once done, I re-installed the hard drive. At this point, the error message showed up and the drives did not appear in the Bios settings. I have tried another formated drive ready to accept windows installation (I have a recovery disc), but as stated, the IDE Primary & Secondary
(Hard Drive & Optical Drive) are not decected in Bios. I pulled the Bios Battery then reinstalled hoping to clear the Bios, but this had no effect.

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January 1, 2011 at 08:09:22
Seems that the only thing it can be is that you're not connecting the drive properly.

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January 1, 2011 at 18:52:30
First thing I checked... the hard drive in its caddy only goes in one way, and if the drives pins were not seated properly I would not be able to close the drive bay. Also, that in its self would not explain why the optical drive now no longer shows in the bios and the error message about the media test.

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