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Looking for opinions on Molex - SATA converter for a disc drive

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My brother recently had the terrifying situation of dealing with a case fire. He noticed a glow from his computer and immediately shut off the power. As we were diagnosing, I was worried that his power supply had gone bad and destroyed everything...as it turns out, there was some sort of bad connection going to his Bluray Drive, which had basically melted the plastic connector. Thankfully, it seems the damage to the rest of the inside was minimal - a few chars.

I found this forum thread elsewhere of a similar situation:
http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1726933
One thing mentioned there was that some people didn't trust the use of a molex to SATA converter, when used in a disc drive. Something about how some models are shoddy and don't provide enough power. Is there anyone here who supports that viewpoint? My brother doesn't really have any SATA power cables, so for him it may be either an adapter, or a new power supply.
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Well, any poorly made connector can have such a failure, regardless of whether or not its from a Molex adapter. Just get decent ones with good reviews and don't worry about it.

Stuff like this is why you shouldn't get large, single-rail power supplies. The overcurrent protection on those things is so high they'll never trip off in such an event.

This was caused by some sort of short, not a loose connection. Something went from a power rail to ground when it shouldn't have- the current draw from optical drives won't be enough to cause such a mess alone.
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