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The data cable is the thin, wide, flat cable that connects the hard drive to the computer's hard drive controller (or another hard drive in the computer). The power cable is of course used to connect the drive to the computer's power supply. The jumper settings is where you set the drive to either be a master or slave. You will need to look at the manual for the hard drive to change the jumper settings as these settings vary between different manufacturers.

If you plan to install a SCSI hard drive as your second hard drive, be aware that most computers do not come with a SCSI controller to run the drive, so you will need to purchase a good SCSI controller too (Adaptec and Western Digital are very good brands).

Once you have removed the computer's case and made sure there is an available Px connector you will need to make changes on the jumper settings for each of the drives. The hard drive currently in your computer must be set to Master and the new drive must be set to Slave. Check the installation manual that came with your new drive for the correct jumper to set. Insert the new hard drive in one of the computer's open drive bays. Make sure that the spare connector on the data cable running to your other hard drive will reach the location where you plan to install the new drive. Secure the drive and connect the Px connector and the data cable, making sure that pin 1 on the data cable's connector lines up with pin 1 on the drive's connector (pin 1 on the data cable connector is on the side of the cable that has a red stripe). Check to make sure all the connectors are in place and that you don't have any cables touching any other components or blocking the cooling fans, then replace the cover. The next thing you need to do is tell the computer that you have installed a new drive by accessing the computer's BIOS and making the proper settings there. In most systems, the setting that you use in the BIOS is auto-detect, which lets the computer automatically configure the BIOS for the new drive. See your computer manual for details.


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