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WD Caviar Black Jumper Settings On Old Mobo

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January 30, 2013 12:55:39 PM

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) ?
January 30, 2013 2:17:17 PM

What happens if I place no jumpers ?
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a c 523 G Storage
January 30, 2013 2:23:02 PM

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.
a b G Storage
January 30, 2013 2:23:31 PM

It won´t work at the speed of 1.5Gb/s, which is already half of the HDD speed.
a c 523 G Storage
January 30, 2013 2:32:16 PM

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/287...
a c 523 G Storage
January 30, 2013 2:39:57 PM

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.
January 30, 2013 3:19:02 PM

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 ?
a b G Storage
January 30, 2013 3:40:44 PM

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/287...


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.


a c 523 G Storage
January 30, 2013 5:05:13 PM

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!
a c 523 G Storage
January 30, 2013 5:09:47 PM

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.
January 30, 2013 6:19:09 PM

http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/SpecSheet/ENG/287...

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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