WD Caviar Black Jumper Settings On Old Mobo

Hello,

I have an old pc with a P4P800 SE Mobo (SATA 1). I've recently bought a WD 500GB caviar b hdd. The thing comes with no manual and I've read on the net that it might not work fine on an old sata 1 system if the jumper isn't set to the 150 Mb/sec option. I wasn't thinking of playing with the jumper settings at all, and now am very confused since I can't seem to find reliable info.

Also, do I have to format the drive before I attempt to install OS (Win XP) ?
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  1. Jumper pins 5-6 need to be connected: http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/search/1/a_id/5387#jumper

    No, you don't need to manually format the drive. Windows will do it automatically during the installation process.
  2. What happens if I place no jumpers ?
  3. Sorry, the only way to know is to try it with no jumpers and see what performance you're getting.

    On some motherboards there will be problems, and on some there won't.
  4. It won´t work at the speed of 1.5Gb/s, which is already half of the HDD speed.
  5. jemm said:
    It won´t work at the speed of 1.5Gb/s, which is already half of the HDD speed.


    Sorry, but that's incorrect. The maximum Read/Write speeds of the 1TB Caviar Black is 126MB/s, which is SATA 1 (1.5Gb/s) speeds.

    Here's the link to the spec sheet of the drive: http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/SpecSheet/ENG/2879-771434.pdf
  6. The OP has the 500GB model, not the 1TB model, but the 500GB model has maximum Read/Write speeds of 150MB/s, which is still SATA 1 speeds.
  7. Thank you very much for your replies. I really appriciate it. However (unfortunately) I happen to be a nitpicky guy so I need to ask one more question to clarify things :ange:

    Jumper settings for SATA 3.0 Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drives and Caviar Black WD1002FAEX-00Y9A0 SATA 6.0 Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drives



    Jumper settings for SATA 6.0 Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drives


    My HDD (5003AZEX)


    As I've pointed out with the red arrow, it's a SATA 6 Gb/s drive, which gives me the impression that it falls into the 2nd table above and not the first one. What do you guys think ?
  8. Dereck47 said:
    Sorry, but that's incorrect. The maximum Read/Write speeds of the 1TB Caviar Black is 126MB/s, which is SATA 1 (1.5Gb/s) speeds.

    Here's the link to the spec sheet of the drive: http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/SpecSheet/ENG/2879-771434.pdf


    I think you misunderstood what I said -- his HDD is 6 Gb/s, however the OP motherboard is SATA 1.5Gb/s, so if the OP place no jumpers, then it won´t work at 1.5Gb/s.
  9. jemm said:
    I think you misunderstood what I said -- his HDD is 6 Gb/s, however the OP motherboard is SATA 1.5Gb/s, so if the OP place no jumpers, then it won´t work at 1.5Gb/s.


    Ok, gotcha - thanks!
  10. aveatquevale said:
    As I've pointed out with the red arrow, it's a SATA 6 Gb/s drive, which gives me the impression that it falls into the 2nd table above and not the first one. What do you guys think ?


    You are correct. So it appears you should have no jumper connected.
  11. http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/SpecSheet/ENG/2879-771434.pdf

    Then again, if you look into the pdf above, it gives the impression that WD1002FAEX and WD5003AZEX fall into the same family, ergo the jumper should go to pins 5-6. It's confusing so maybe I should ask it to WD support.

    On a side note, the package didn't have any jumpers included. I happened to find an old one laying around and tried to plug it into another dead hdd, but it didn't go in - at least not before i tried bending the pins to help plug the jumper in. Will bending the pins a bit ( i used a finger nail) cause any problems ?
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