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broken pin on SSD power connector

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trents

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I have a 120 gb SSD with a broken #9 power pin. Seems to work but I haven't tested it thoroughly. A diagram I found has both pins #8 and #9 listed as 5v. Does it need both to function normally?
 

petteyg359

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I have a 120 gb SSD with a broken #9 power pin. Seems to work but I haven't tested it thoroughly. A diagram I found has both pins #8 and #9 listed as 5v. Does it need both to function normally?

There are three pins for each voltage (plus three ground pins separating each voltage, for 15 total), not just two.

Probably depends entirely on what model drive it is. The spec only covers the power connector itself AFAIK. The drive could be using all three pins on a single circuit just to have lower current across each pin, or as a backup just for your case where one pin fails, or it could have two separate internal circuits. If your drive is working, then it's obviously not the second case for that drive. :) I expect that's the same on every drive, though, because doing it any other way would just add pointless complexity.
 
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trents

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Yeah, you're correct. Three 5v pins counting the pre charge pin.
 

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