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Old Nov 12, 2003, 08:48 AM
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just bought a 120GB Hitachi HDD, but it has complicated jumpers on back.

How do u know whether to choose between 16 heads, 15 heads, 32GB clip & auto spin disable and whats it all about?

also, if my PC doesnt support such a large drive, what will it do?
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Old Nov 12, 2003, 09:32 AM
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I never heard or seen something like that. Is there a model #?
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Old Nov 12, 2003, 10:09 AM
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IC35L120AVV207-0 DESKSTAR
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Old Nov 12, 2003, 11:17 AM
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Not having any luck finding much on that drive, did it come with a diagram of the jumpers and what they do?
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Old Nov 12, 2003, 12:32 PM
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You need 16 heads and it should be set that way by default

The 32 GB setting is used if the BIOS doesn't support drives over that size. Older BIOS might not recognize drives over 32GB so you can "clip" it so you can use it. Many new drives have this feature and some can be clipped to as small as 2GB. This is done because it is nearly impossible to purchase small drives even though there are many systems in use that can not work with drive larger than 8 GB. Sometimes drives are clipped by default. Look at the legend on the drive lable to see if it is.

If you need a diagram check this link ***********.hgst.com/hdd/support/d120gxp/d120gxpjum.htm

Normal operation for your drive as Master on the primary controller is having the jumper plug across GH (the AB plug is null and is just a place to store an extra jumper plug if it is needed)

Auto Spin is a power saving feature that lets you determine whether or not the drive will spin up at power on or if this is a slave it is not powered up until needed. Generally this is set off by default.

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Old Nov 12, 2003, 01:04 PM
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BEAUTIFUL EXPLANATION Harry O, excellent link.

many thanx.

PS: if anyone is interested it's 120GB (after formatting!!!) 7200rpm & currently only 65 inc vat & p+P
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