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Installing new dvd drive in dell computer

I have taken old out and I do not know if i am to have slave or master jumper

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Re: installing new dvd drive in dell computer

If you only got one drive in the computer then set the dvd drive  to master. Your DVD Drive should be set as master. When you install a second drive you can use the second drive as a slave.
But always make your main drive master.

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Hello Betty,

The way you do it is mouting your old hard drive as 'slave' on your new computer..(if it's not the same).
do you have any experience on computer hardware?

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Refer to the picture below:

The CD drive should have 3 jumper pins labeled Master (MA), Slave(SL) and Cable Select (CL) at the back near the interface ribbon cable.  In this picture the green jumper is in the Master position.  To make it a Slave drive, you need to remove the jumper and place it in the middle pair called SL.  You may have to remove the CD drive if you can't access it while in the system.  When you put in the new DVD drive ensure that its' jumper is in the Master positon.  The drives will not work if both have jumpers in the same position.


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