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Hard drive instalation

i,m trying to install a 40 gig samsung hd as a slave to a maxtor hd primary and cant get the computer to open except on the setup page and it tells me that the primary is not installed what do i do

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Re: hard drive instalation

To slave the Maxtor you remove the jumper or jumpers

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Re: hard drive instalation

Witch computer do u have?
Laptop or DESKTOP PC?

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Two thing,

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Second, if it is showing up as 33GB, you have the Jumpers set to limit capacity(designed to avoid troubles on older systems. If this is the case, you likely have a single jumper in the center row of pins between the power and data cables. If it only works as master at the moment, then you likely have the neter row(limit size pins) and the one closest to the data cable(Master Pin) both plugged in.

Change your DVD/CD to slave, remove the limiting jumper and ensure the Master jumper is installed on the Maxtor, then be sure the end connector on the ATA(likely marked master) is plugged into the Maxtor and the middle connector(Slave) is plugged into the DVD/CD, this should have you all fixed up.

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