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Dell 4550 HD Replacement Question....

by SamuelS / July 7, 2007 5:59 AM PDT

Help please. I Am having to replace the original WD300 HD in my 4550, trying to install an IBM Deskstar 61.4g drive and Am very unsuccessful at it. Originally I wanted it as a slave drive and could not get it configured as that either.

What jumper settings do I use? I believe I have tried them all and still the system does not recognize the HD at all. Device (0) and Cable Select and cannot figure out the correct configuration for this.

Please help, thanks.

Samuel S

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Dell usually sets their HDDs to Cable Select (CS).
by VAPCMD / July 7, 2007 10:29 AM PDT

Then no matter where you place a drive on the 80-wire, 40 pin IDE cable it works. Placed the end of the cable a drive jumpered CS is seen as 'Master' or at the middle connector as 'Slave'.

Hope this helps.

Let us know.


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re: Dell usually sets their HDDs to Cable Select (CS).
by SamuelS / July 7, 2007 9:49 PM PDT

CAPCMD - I have tried most of the settings calling for two (2) pins to be used on the IBM Deskstar drive to no avail. I now notice that there are 11 pins on this drive as opposed to ten (10) on the Western Digital. Could this be a source of the challenge or not?

Thank you for your input and assistance.


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Most of the Deskstars I've seen require
by VAPCMD / July 8, 2007 1:33 AM PDT

2 jumpers to achieve cable select and most drive setting combinations are marked on the drive itself.

If you don't see can also find it on the Hitachi WEBSITE.


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