Samsung Harddrive Master/Slave

  J. I. 11:44 22 Apr 11

Have just purchased a Samsung 500gb spinpoint f3 7200 Sata drive. The 8 pins are uncovered(no jumpers) The leaflet that came with it is confusing regarding pin settings. My question do the drives come set as Masters or do they have to be set to Master before fitting to computer. A copy of my leaflet can be found under settings on quide/supp Also another website states in relation to my disk. Jumper block 8 pin (no Master/Slave settings) Does this mean my disk can be used as a Master or Slave straight from the box without jumpers fitted. I obviously dont want to damage my mother board or drive. I need to fit the drive as a Master. Can anyone advise if the drive as received is in Master position. Your help gratefully appreciated. joni

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:52 22 Apr 11

SATA does not have master or slave

The BIOS will look for the operating systems on the drives in order of the port number they are attached to i.e. Drive zero is connected to port one etc.

it will boot from the first op system on the first drive if a Boot menu is not set up.

Boot menus must be on the first drive.

  J. I. 18:45 22 Apr 11

Was not aware Sata could be Master or Slave. I will be installing this disk as the first disk so should be recognised as the master by bios. If i at a later date fit a second Sata disk to the same computer then bios will recognise it as the Slave or second disk. Is this correct? All this a little strange to me so realy appreciate your help. The manufacturers websites are of little help jn these matters. Once again i really appreciate the help you have given me on this subject. joni

  woodchip 18:53 22 Apr 11

Yes to your Answers

  J. I. 10:27 24 Apr 11

Many thanks to FRUITBAT and woodchip for putting me on the right track. I was not aware Sata operated differently to Ide drives. joni

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