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hard drive question

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by moominboy, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. moominboy

    moominboy Gigabyte Poster

    just a quick one folks.

    is it unusual to buy a new hard drive that doesn't come with jumpers?

    just bought one from ebay and expected it to have it's own but.... nothing.

    it's no biggie as it's going to be a slave anyway, i was just wondering.:tongue
     
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  2. jackbauer

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    no it is not unusual as these hard drives auto select wether to be master or slave, if they detect that there is already a master installed then it will set itself to slave, if there is no master then it will make itself master.

    i hope this helped :biggrin but correct if im wrong... :oops:

    thanks
     
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  3. noelg24

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    no jack your right mate....but if u have any spares jumpers about moom use it...otherwise Jack is spot on..
     
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  4. hbroomhall

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    Depends on the drive type. SATA drives don't need slave/master, so don't have any jumpers at all. PATA drives nearly always come with one jumper and this is usualy set to master or CS.

    As this drive is from ebay then the normal rules for new drives don't apply!

    Harry.
     
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  5. Phoenix
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    I dont believe there is such thing as 'auto detect' there is a cable select mode (often not requiring a jumper) and this decides the mode based on the position on the cable, this is not the same as auto detect as plugging a drive in the salve position would make it a slave, even if a master was not present

    atleast that was the case last time i did my homework :)
     
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  6. Neall

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    I agree with Phoenix, ive never heard of 'auto select'.

    And its not normal for a new HDD to come with no jumpers.
    They come with at least one and its normally on Master.

    EDIT: Apart from HDD's bought off Ebay of course, as hbroomhall stated, normal rules dont apply :)

    Plug it in, you may get lucky, but chances are you will have to use a jumper.

    Neall
     
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  7. Boycie
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    I agree, never heard of it, sorry. :(
     
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  8. noelg24

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    maybe thats where I got mixed up then...between auto select and cable select...but yes agree with the rest of them it is cable select...but again if u have a spare jumper use it...no matter where its taken from...
     
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  9. moominboy

    moominboy Gigabyte Poster

    thanks guys. been away for a few days so im going to install it now. :tongue
     
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  10. Veteran's son

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    The setting would be cable select. :)
     
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  11. jackbauer

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    yeah sorry guys i agree with phoenix thats what i meant able select not auto select..

    thanks for clearing that up mates.....
    Cheers
     
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  12. moominboy

    moominboy Gigabyte Poster

    :oops: im feeling a wee bit stupid now folks!

    when i asked this question it was when the hdd was still in it's esd bag and i did have a good look expecting the jumpers to be the same as on my original, high ones that cover the top of the pins.

    however when i opened it i found one, on cable select, which was only a half size one so, my bad!
     
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  13. Veteran's son

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    No worries, moom! :)
     
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