Jumper Size

By Deane Barker on August 19, 2006

Sometime, when I apparently wasn’t paying attention, jumpers got a lot easier to use.



  1. Don’t let Alejandro get you down. Some manufacturers have been using jumpers like that for a long while, but I’ve seen some new drives that still use the old style, need-a-tweezers-to-pull type jumpers.

  2. I haven’t seen those before but it seems neat except for one thing. It will stick out and could break off. It would be cool if they had a hinge that allowed it to be bent over a bit and get out of the way.

  3. I built a machine last week, and it was the first time I had ever seen jumpers like this. They were on the motherboard. All the hard drive jumpers I’ve seen — even recently — have been the old style.

  4. … except for one thing. It will stick out and could break off.

    The ones I’ve seen have a flexible rubber tab at the top; no breaking.

  5. While jumpers are great, many functions that used to be set by jumpers are now software controlled, either in the BIOS or in device drivers. Sure, these tabs are nice, but how much better to eliminate them all together!

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