How to Put a Slave on a Hitachi Deskstar

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The Deskstar series of hard drives were produced originally by IBM, beginning in 1994. Hitachi later purchased IBM's hard drive production division and continued the series. Deskstar hard drives are produced with two computer interfaces, IDE and SATA. SATA drives automatically negotiate master and slave connections with the motherboard's BIOS. However, IDE drives have jumpers to manually define which hard drive is the master and which is the slave when two drives are present on the cable. You can put a slave IDE drive on the same cable as a master Hitachi Deskstar by adjusting the jumpers appropriately.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Power off the computer and remove the side cover. Some cases use screws while others have a movable lever.

  2. 2

    Set the jumper pin on the Hitachi Deskstar to the "Master" position.

  3. 3

    Set the jumper pin on the second hard drive to the "Slave" position.

  4. 4

    Connect the Hitachi Deskstar to the end of the IDE cable, if it is not already there.

  5. 5

    Connect the slave hard drive to the middle of the IDE cable.

  6. 6

    Replace the computer's side cover and power it on.

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