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Seagate FreeAgent jumper settings

A Seagate FreeAgent Pro 250GB external hard drive that I bought a while back got yanked from its usb cable and a few pins on the female mini usb port got rip off.. Any ways I recently bought a Newer Tech SuperSpeed Universal Drive Adapter cable to see if I could access the internal drive directly. when i opened the FreeAgent case, I discovered that it the internal hard drive was a Seagate ST3250310AS SATA II hard drive. A note on the hard drive's case stated that the hard drive speed could be limited to Sata I 1.5 through the jumper settings. I looked on the back of the drive and discovered that the drive itself had been set in the aforementioned SATA I setting by manufacturer by default.

Here's my question: is there a particular reason the manufacture applied this jumper setting (e.g. heat issues, hardware limitations)

Just curious. Thanks a bunch
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    There was an issue with some of the SATA II drives on SATA 150 controllers and the jumper was put there to force them to the slower speed.
  2. rolli59 said:
    There was an issue with some of the SATA II drives on SATA 150 controllers and the jumper was put there to force them to the slower speed.

    thanks. just checking to make sure.
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