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Pin connection for 'master ..slave

Trying to get pc to boot up after installing a second hard drive.
the origonal has 10 pins the second has 8 pins the master (10) pins has bridge on the first pins from the power in...the slave (8) i have removed the bridge.

question is what should the bridge be set to on the master (excelstor 40g)

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I assume these are IDE drives since SATA doesn't require jumper settings. . .You will need to set the primary drive jumper to master[ma] & the secondary drive jumper to slave[sl]. Some systems require dual hdd systems to have both set to the cable select[cs] jumper. Check your motherboard or system manufacturer manual to see which setup your system requires. If you lost the manual most manufacturers have it availablr on their website under the support link. Hope this helps.

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Take your time. Any troubles please post here.
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