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Jumper setting for hard drive

Hi there, I have a Maxtor 20.4 GB hard drive that I wish to use as a primary master in a PC that I built.I cannot seem to remember the jumper setting for this such drive.It will be the only hard drive in the system(without a slave drive).It just has no diagram(which I am used to seeing)....grrrrr. Can you help me out please?

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Re: Jumper setting for hard drive

If you know the model number of the drive, you should be able google it and get info on the drive jumpers.

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