Posted 23 December 2009 - 09:07 AM
So I was getting ready to upgrade both my PSU and my GPU the other day. Opened up the case, and unplugged the mobo, mobo fan, everything from the PSU. The last one was the hard drive. When I did that, the smaller sata(I think) cable that runs from the hard drive to the mobo came out as well. When I tried to put it back in, it wouldn't "click" despite it having a latch. It comes out and goes in with minimal effort. Is it normal for it to be that loose?
I naturally panicked and hooked everything back together and rebooted, and everything worked fine. Also of note, the way my machine is oriented puts the power connections on the top side of the drive. So at least I'll have gravity on my side. I was afraid I damaged pins but since it worked fine, is it safe to treat it as actually fine? Should I replace the cable? Do anything? Should it be safe to go ahead and upgrade the power supply?
And on a related note - perhaps this isn't the proper place to ask, but I'd like to consolidate posts here - the back of my hard drive has a sata power connection, the troubled connection to the mobo, and also what appears to be a 4 pin molex connection. Can I just, if the new PSU has the right cord, use the molex connector instead of the sata connector for power? I think that way I won't have to risk working directly next to the loose "data"(for lack of a better term) connection.