Did I break my usb header?

I recently switched cases and when I was installing I might have been too rough with the usb 3.0 header. I’ve heard that these are prone to breaking so I tested it with a drive and my computer didn’t recognize it. Then I tested it with a mouse and that did work. So I don’t know if my header is actually broken or if it’s maybe something I need to configure because I’m not sure why it would work for peripherals but not data transfer.

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  • PowerSpec_KenJ
    PowerSpec_KenJ PowerSpec Engineer
    First Anniversary First Answer First Comment
    Answer ✓

    There is no configuration required for the USB headers. I would disconnect the header and inspect the pins. If one is bent, then you may be able to straighten it very carefully. Unfortunately in my experience, more times than not, a fully bent pin will break when straightened.


  • So I just checked and all the pins are still perfectly straight, when I plug in my drive it does show that it’s getting power, any reason why the usb ports might work for power but not data?
  • PowerSpec_MikeW
    PowerSpec_MikeW PowerSpec Engineer
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    You can check device manager for any errors on the USB hubs themselves. I'd also ask you to take a picture of the header and post that so we can take a look at it. One thing to keep in mind, the mouse is probably USB 2.0 or even 1. It's possible with a damaged header to get some functionality. It sounds like the header is damaged and that's why you're able to connect a mouse, but the drive gets power but it isn't detected.

  • SC3
    SC3 ✭✭
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    A few USB3-to-SATA adapters do not supply enough power to the hard drive (especially 3.5" HDD), which shows as missing drive, random disconnects, or data errors. That can be avoided.

    You can do the same data transfer test with a (low power) USB3 MicroSD card reader.

    Good luck.

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