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One possible fix for a slow third-party hard drive
Authored by: greed on Aug 02, '05 02:22:31PM
I've run into a similar problem with FireWire external enclosures. Maxtor and Western Digital have different defaults, so when I switched from one to the other I'd forgotten to change it.

Rarely, the enclosure would work... but mostly it just decided there was no disk at all--even worse than being slow.

Set the drive to be Master and all is good. (To make it worse, one of the brands had a "Slave Present" setting that makes things weird if there isn't actually a slave.)

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