I just purchased a Vantec Nexstar MX NST-400MX-S2 DUal 3.5" Sata to USB HDD enclosure, and one of these 2TB Western Digital Caviar WD20EARS hard drive. I obviously want to use it inside the USB hdd enclosure, and will buy a second one of these drives in the future. In any case I would like to know the answers to the following questions. It would be great if you could answer them all, if you don’t know the answer please answer what you can:
What jumper settings should I use on the hard drive for it to be in the USB enclosure used to store data for backup purposes only? [I want to have one partition on it, oh and I’ll be using Win XP]
Will I need to use the “WD Align” software on this drive even though it’ll only be used a backup in a usb enclosure? [ie: will be used with XP, but obviously no OS on the hdd. I ask because the hdd sticker says something about it having to be used if the drive will be running under XP]
What in the world is this “WDIDLE3” software/firmware I keep hearing that people are applying to this drive? Is it for this drive model or for other WD hdd’s? If you have the link for it please list it and an explanation as to what it does, also the pros/cons.
When I create the partition on this drive in XP it has to be set as “Primary” correct? With default allocation size, etc?
Thank you so much!
Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB WD20EARS Official Page:
Vantec NexStar MX NST-400MX-S2 Dual 3.5" SATA to USB2.0 HDD Enclosure Official Page: