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I have no idea why anyone would remove it's label, unless it's useless.
Does the drive have a tiny label on it that has what might be a serial number or model number on it, or the same stamped onto or into the metal?
Is this a laptop hard drive (2.5") or a desktop drive (3.5")?
If it's a laptop drive it's configured CS (cable select) when it has no jumpers installed. Two pins of the 4 vertically are for a jumper for master; the other two are for a jumper for slave.
If it's a desktop drive
- is it thicker than 1" (about 1 1/2") ?
If it is, it might have a capacity smaller than 1gb, and the mboard bios may not recognize it properly when set to default Auto or LBA drive detection settings
"it has no label or manufacture name on it
i jumpered it for slave"
If it has no label, how do you know it's jumpered slave?
If there's no markings, some drives have no jumpers installed when set to slave.
Older mboard bioses cannot recognize a drive jumpered as slave properly if it's by itself on a data cable.
If it's on a data cable with another hard or optical drive....
- don't mix CS (cable select) and master /slave jumpering for two drives on the same data cable.
- some hard drives (e.g. Western Digital) have two ways they can be set to master - one is for when it's by itself on a data cable (e.g. Master, single) , the other is for when there is a drive jumpered or set as slave on the same cable (e.g. Master, with slave). The Slave drive may not be recognized properly unless the hard drive is jumpered the second way.
<random chars> can be caused by a data cable connection problem.
It is common to un-intentionally damage IDE data cables, especially while removing them - the 80 wire ones are more likely to be damaged. What usually happens is the cable is ripped at either edge and the wires there are either damaged or severed, often right at a connector or under it's cable clamp there, where it's hard to see - if a wire is severed but it's ends are touching, the connection is intermittant, rather than being reliable.
Another common thing is for the data cable to be separated from the connector contacts a bit after you have removed a cable - there should be no gap between the data cable and the connector - if there is press the cable against the connector to eliminate the gap.
80 wire data cables are also easily damaged at either edge if the cable is sharply creased at a fold in the cable.
Try another data cable if in doubt.