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cowboy



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 3:12 pm    Post subject: Make a HD a slave ?

I have an old HD I want to insert into my new PC.
I was told there should be a switch/s to set for the slave....

I have the HD out and don't see any ?

Any idea on what to do ?

This is circa 1998, Maxtor mod. 91350d8
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drwho07



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 4:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Make a HD a slave ? [Login to view extended thread Info.]

cowboy wrote:
I have an old HD I want to insert into my new PC.
I was told there should be a switch/s to set for the slave....

I have the HD out and don't see any ?

Any idea on what to do ?

This is circa 1998, Maxtor mod. 91350d8


Well, not really a "Switch".....it's a tiny little jumper on the back of the drive, found to the left of the power connector.

The menu for how to set the jumpers can usually be found on either the label on top of the drive, or printed on the logic board directly under the jumper pins.
If neither of those work out for you, you might find user info on the Maxtor web site. It's likely that there is already a jumper on the drive and that it's on the "Master" pins. Most of those jumpers were little black plastic thingies, less than a quarter of an inch square.

On some older drives, "Master" was represented by NO jumper at all.
To make the drive a slave, you'll have to find a jumper and install it.

For a second drive to work properly as a "Slave" the original (Main) hard drive needs to be set to "Master". This is, of course, assuming that the Main drive is an IDE drive. Many new computers today are NOT using IDE drives any longer, but have opted for the newer and much faster SATA or SATA2 hard drives.

First, have you opened up your PC and determined that indeed your Main hard drive is an IDE type and that the IDE data cable has an unused drive plug on it.

Doing a little Google search for you, on "Maxtor mod. 91350d8" I found your identical post on "The PC Guide" forum. Did you do what the people there suggested?

Just curious,
The Doctor Cool
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drwho07



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 4:55 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Out of pure curiosity, I did your homework for you.

From the link given to you on the other forum, I found exactly what you're looking for here:
http://www.4drives.com/DRIVESPECS/MAXTOR/4869.txt
(just click this link to see all the jumpering info on that drive)

I also noticed that you stated that you didn't have any other IDE devices in your computer. What about the CD/DVD drive? Is that not an IDE device using the 2" wide IDE data cable?

It may just be easier for you to take that old drive to someone who knows how to hook up the drive to their own PC, and copy all the files off of it to a DVD.
I do that a lot for my own customers who have OLD computers that they want to get data files off of.

Good Luck,
The Doctor Cool
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cowboy



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 6:36 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I did notice on the drive itself there is some info....
It says;

Jumper ---|--- Master/Single ---|--- Slave
J50 --------|----- On --------|-------- Off


Not sure what that means though
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drwho07



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 4:00 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Well, dude, it means just what it says....

If the drive is a Master drive or a single with no other drive on the data cable, then the jumper will be ON and if it's to be a slave, the jumper will be OFF (or removed all together).
Is there a jumper on the first set of pins on the left side of the jumper block, just left of the power connector?

If the little black plastic jumper is there, you'll need to pull it OFF to make that drive a Slave.

You still didn't answer my question though.....is your existing drive an IDE drive and does it have the 2" wide (usually light grey) data cable going to it? If so, is there an extra plug on that cable?

If the data cable is only 1/2" wide and some bright color, that's SATA and you'll not be connecting your old IDE drive to that.

If your CD/DVD drive is IDE you need to look at that data cable to see if there's a spare connector. If the CD drive IS IDE, you may be able to connect your old hard drive to that data cable. You'll still need to find a power cable that's not being used.

Some really new PC's have NO IDE ports at all on the motherboard. Every drive is connected to a SATA port.
Like some new computers have no port for a PS2 keyboard or mouse.
All external connections have gone USB. (I hate that!)

Any tech can do this whole job in five minutes. You may want to ask around and see if you can't find someone that would come in and do all this for you.
Just one little mistake and you could really screw up your PC.

Since I retired, I refuse to fix a computer that someone else screwed up.
There's just too many hungry computer techs sitting around waiting for their phone to ring. Wink Rolling Eyes Laughing Laughing
Shucks, half the high school boys today, can do what you need, blind-folded.

Good Luck,
The Doctor Cool
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drwho07



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 1:15 am    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Probably!

The third set is probably "Cable Select". You sure don't want that.

But can you connect that drive to a second IDE cable connector?
And can you find a spare power plug to connect to the drive?

??????
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