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How to install second internal hard drive

The primary internal hard drive is hooked up to motherboard with sata cable and has no master/slave setting that i can see, the new hard drive will be hooked up with a eide cable , do i use the same eide cable that is already hooked up to the dvd drive ? and how do i set the jumper on the new internal hard drive?

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Yes, you can use, Please see label attached to the harddrive for a jumper setting to become primary harddrive.

in the DVD rom there's also a label on it. but the most common setting is slave is in the center.

C S M -

c-cable select
s-Slave
M- Master
the jumper is set to center to become a slave.


the hard drive is should be a master

connecting to the other end of the IDE cable.

HDD-should be a master
DVD rom-Should be a slave

Hope this help.

Posted on Feb 20, 2008

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