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) ?
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 ?