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One thing that constantly annoys me about computer parts: lack of information on the label.
All RAM sticks should have size, speed (including ns), and quality ratings.
All harddrives should have size, RPM speed, bus speed, drive series, if any, model number and/or part number, and most importantly, jumper settings!

I wanted to find out the jumper settings for an OEM 20GB Maxtor harddrive I pulled out of an iMac. It has on the label, size, model number, and part number. It says "3.5 series," which of course, is about the last thing needed on a label, if at all, and no jumper settings anywhere on the drive, including the circuit board.

So I googled the part number and the model number which turned up various pages which made claims about it's RPM speed and bus speed (5400rpm, ATA100). They were consistent on that, so I assume that's correct, unless one is copying the other copying the other, etc., copying the first guesser.

I did a search for the model number and part number on Seagate's site and got zero results (Seagate acquired Maxtor who acquired Quantum). I then went to Seagate's jumper settings page for ATA drives *HERE* and clicked on "Jumper settings for Maxtor ATA hard drives." That yielded a GIF image of the different jumper settings for the different Maxtor/Quantum drives arranged by series, and lucky me, there was the model number listed under the Diamond Max drives (there's nothing about it being a Diamond Max drive on the label).

So to save any other poor souls the waste of time to have to search out this information on the Maxtor 20GB D540X-4K Apple branded part number (P/N) 655-0994 I am making this post so that hopefully googling these numbers will turn up this thread.

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Hmm

Hmm, why didn't that URL create a link? Must be the equal signs. So just copy and paste this in your URL address:

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thanks

Thanks for the corrections, Mr. Moderator. Was it the equal signs, or did I mistakenly use parentheses instead of brackets for my tags? Oh, I just noticed your PM. It was the parentheses. I should have done the preview before hitting submit. Live and learn.

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