So, I'm trying to install a new 2TB hard drive I bought few hours ago. You would think installing modern PC hardware should be easy and seamless - no jumpers, no DIP switches, no IRQ conflicts, no config.sys editing; some brand name computers don't even need a screwdriver. WRONG! You see, the SATA controller on my motherboard does not work with SATA300 drives. I was perfectly aware of that fact, and I knew how to get around it: SATA300 drives have a special jumper that switches them to SATA150 mode. Western Digital drives have that jumper, and Maxtor drives do, and Seagate disks work in the same exact fashion. And I'm sure if Micropolis was still in business, their products would feature the same exact jumper. But apparently, Hitachi engineers blazed their own trail. There is no jumper on their drives. Instead, there is a software utility that changes SATA interface settings. Problem is, for the utility to reconfigure the drive, the drive must be talking to the SATA controller. And for the drive to talk to my controller, it needs to be reconfigured. A classic catch-22. So, tomorrow morning I'm going to head back to the store and waste $30 on a SATA II controller card which I will only use once.