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Posted on Monday, January 14, 2002 - 9:54 am:   

For my new computer I'm not exactly sure what jumper settings to use on my IDE drives. For the FDD I have the FDD connected at the end of the cable (after the twist), I understand this should make it the A: drive. Now I have 2 IDE ribbon connections on my motherboard. On IDE 1 I want the hard drive alone. I would asume it would be jumpered as the master drive. First problem is the Maxtor drive I bought came as a bare drive, no documentation. And I didn't see any markings on the HDD to indicate which jumpers are which. I think there are 4 jumper possibilities. I can e-mail Maxtor I guess to ask which jumper is for master. And should that drive be connected to the end of the ribbon. Lastly I have on IDE 2, the CD-RW and the DVD drive. This ribbon is clearly marked CPU/Master/Slave, and the drives are clearly labeled which jumpers are which. But the DVD came with info that said if it wasn't the only drive in the cable, then make it a slave, and the other drive should be slave too. Bah, if anybody can make any sense of this, give me tips please. Thanks.

Posted on Monday, January 14, 2002 - 11:06 am:   

The Maxtors come barebones and retail as master by default no problem. The CD-RW should be master and DVD should be slave. Check with the CD-RW Manufacturer for recommended cable postion (end or middle)for functionality.
Posted on Monday, January 14, 2002 - 1:48 pm:   

I kinda thought the CD-RW should be master. Thanks. I'll assume my two IDE cables are identical and follow the markings on the marked ribbon that I have. Thanks E.S.
Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Monday, January 14, 2002 - 6:03 pm:   

Look carefully at the IDE cables. There are some that are standard, and some that are designed for ATA66/ATA100/ATA133 use. If your harddrive is configured for anything other than ATA 33, be sure to use the correct IDE cable.
Usually the ends of the standard cables are the same color (all 3 connectors) while the faster speed cables have one connector that is blue.

What is the model number of your HDD ? Post it back and I'll let you know details about it. - or you can go to Maxtors website and look yourself.

Let me know.

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