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Set ol comp to slave setting

Im tryin to change my jumper setting from my ol computer to be the slave to my new one

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Hello

please refer to the jumper setting label at your harddrive. your new HDD am sure that is set to Master.

label in hard drive -

M- master
CS -cable select
S- Slave

select and see the S label position of the jumper.

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Posted on Apr 08, 2008

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