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Setting jumper cable for secondary ide hard drive

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August 15, 2013 5:52:53 PM

I would like to install a slave hard drive in my older computer. Its a 40 gig maxtor hard drive and my question is what position should I put the jumper pin. Also, I have windows installed on my master drive but I didn't touch the jumper pin, do I need to reposition that one also? Thanks, any help is greatly appreciated. I don't know if a picture makes a difference but I'm going to add one.

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August 15, 2013 6:04:09 PM
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August 15, 2013 7:51:20 PM

There should actually be a diagram printed on the drive's label showing how to set the jumper for the Slave role. Follow that. You can check the label on your old Master drive, too. SOME drives have slightly different jumper settings for Master with No Slave, and Master with Slave Present.

The data cable should have three connectors on it. The Blue one is in the mobo's port. The Black one on the end should go to the MASTER device. The Grey one in the middle should go to the Slave.
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August 16, 2013 1:29:57 PM

Paperdoc said:
There should actually be a diagram printed on the drive's label showing how to set the jumper for the Slave role. Follow that. You can check the label on your old Master drive, too. SOME drives have slightly different jumper settings for Master with No Slave, and Master with Slave Present.

The data cable should have three connectors on it. The Blue one is in the mobo's port. The Black one on the end should go to the MASTER device. The Grey one in the middle should go to the Slave.


I looked and there was nothing indicating where to put the jumpers, I followed the link from the first poster and set the master jumper and left the slave empty. Connecting the drives to the data cable was the easy part, I have replaced hard drives before I never had a secondary hard drive, I always used external hard drives. The only issue with using the external is the computer won't boot with the external connected, otherwise it works fine. I had an extra hard drive and I wanted to make use of it. I went into my bios and its showing the primary master which is the 80 gig and the primary slave which is the 40 gig. I also checked disk management and its showing disk 0 is the 80 gig and disk 1 is the 40 gig. The computer boots fine, no errors and windows is up and running. Thanks for your help.

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August 16, 2013 7:02:50 PM

Hurray! It works, Igor!
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