Can I physically install my drive sideways, upside down or vertically?
All Seagate and Maxtor-brand hard drives can be fitted sideways or upside down. As long as they are not moved during use and get enough cooling, it is irrelevant in which direction they are mounted.
Poorly ventilated system cases can shorten the life of the hard drive
Ambient air temperatures of 95°F (35°C) or greater and poor ventilation from the smaller case designs of Shuttle boxes, LAN party boxes, racks, cabinets, and drawers, can shorten the life of your hard disk.
Jumpers are small metallic pins that protrude from the end of a hard disc drive or from its circuit board. Jumpers are used to configure the hard disc drive's options, such as defining master and slave or cable select.
How can I troubleshoot time-out errors with SCSI drives?
Troubleshooting and Configuration Tips for SCSI Time-Outs