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I have found an oversight in your manual! regarding the jumper on wester digital drives. Do I put a jumper on both drives or just drive "D"

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This is fixya, not western digital, but if you already have a drive fitted (C) this will be the master and the jumper set accordingly, if you have bought a second drive this will be the slave (D) or (E) dependant on drive letter allocation and the jumper set at slave

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