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How is my USB3 still working?

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First time building computer inside a case and I decided to do some cable management. I had already plugged in the USB3 header from case's front panel connector, so I had to unplug it to route the cable better.

 

Long story short, it ended up looking like this post here:

 

But I plugged it back in and I tested my usb3 flash drive and it was still working?

 

How is it able to work? Seems like only half the pins are now connected? Really puzzled at how the pins/headers/motherboard are all working together...

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4 minutes ago, TheGlenlivet said:

None of them look bent.  Looks like you got lucky...

But there's supposed to be two rows of pins? And how are the pins making connection to the motherboard if they're ripped out? I'm probably missing something really basic.

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7 minutes ago, Koraboros said:

But there's supposed to be two rows of pins? And how are the pins making connection to the motherboard if they're ripped out? I'm probably missing something really basic.

A single USB 3.0 connection only needs 9 pins. The header is a 20-pin one (well, 19 technically). This gives you two ports per header.

 

So either you're using the USB port that still works, or the one with the ripped out pins is making sufficient contact with the motherboard (assuming you didn't pull them off the cable)

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8 minutes ago, Koraboros said:

But there's supposed to be two rows of pins? And how are the pins making connection to the motherboard if they're ripped out? I'm probably missing something really basic.

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Looks like the pins fit around the connector in the back and hold it between the end.  Make sense?

EDIT- wait I think I might be showing the wrong end of the connector here....

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I see... Guess I'm lucky that I connected the correct side back in, and that the front panel only has 1 USB3.0 port so it doesn't need both to be connected.

 

My MB does have a second USB3 port so I suppose I could use that one instead, although I'd have to get a new USB3 header cable.

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37 minutes ago, Koraboros said:

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it just works.

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Tried using USB3 drive to transfer some games and it managed to work properly. Still think something was messed up because Windows said the drive needed to be repaired (it's in exFAT format), but after repairing it became fine.

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