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I wanted to hook up two HDDs to a Windows 7 desktop, and this desktop has a Corsair 600M PSU from the year 2014. I haven't messed with cable management since I built the machine two years ago, so I had forgotten what the detachable PSU cables looked like. I grabbed the first ones I found in storage and hooked up the HDDs. In the BIOS HDD1 was recognized while HDD2 was not. I did all the troubleshooting I could to deduce that the problem was with HDD2 itself as opposed to the SATA port, cables, etc.

I then realized that the detachable PSU cables I pulled were from a Corsair 600M in another machine, this PSU having been purchased in 2009 or 2010. I found the cables that belong to the 2014 PSU and the HDD still wouldn't even spin up. I have a SATA to USB adapter, which I figured would at least power up the HDD. It's not doing so and I think the HDD is probably dead.

I've read that modular cables from different PSUs will not be compatible, and that it can fry hard drives. When reading about these cases it seems to be implied that the PSUs are completely different brands, or at least completely different models. In this case the PSUs are of same model line, but 4+ years apart. The keying of the plug that goes into the PSU looks exactly the same with both sets of PSU cables. The only visible difference between them is one has the wiring bunched within a mesh sheath, while the other has the wires side by side in a parallel manner covered in plastic.

HDD2 had been connected to another machine an hour prior at another location, but was transferred to it's current location without a static bag. Also, HDD1 was perfectly fine with switching cable configurations with the incorrect PSU cables and having the machine fired up multiple times. It functioned perfectly every time and it still works with the proper PSU cables. Do you think the using the incorrect PSU cables fried HDD2? Or is there a better chance of the hard drive being damaged in transit somehow? It was transported in a laptop bag through 82 degree semi-humid weather for a few minutes, and was in an air conditioned car for 20 minutes.

I think the HDD is as good as dead regardless but am trying to get some insight here as to whether the cables caused the death. I would chalk it up without question to the PSU cables if they weren't almost completely identical and from the same make and model of PSU (separated by a few years).
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get a volt meter and star testing voltages at the plug you plugged in to the hard drive.
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What is a "600M"? Never heard of that PSU.
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Originally Posted by Master__Shake View Post

get a volt meter and star testing voltages at the plug you plugged in to the hard drive.

That's a good idea. I'll try to test the PSU cables some time in the future. I went to try yesterday but realized the pins on my volt meter are too thick to get to the inside of the SATA plug.

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What is a "600M"? Never heard of that PSU.

It's part of the Corsair CX series, and I guess it's technically called the CX600M. CX series is basically 80 PLUS Bronze certified units, and the M indicates that it has modular cabling.

Edit: LOL. I just saw your name and realized that you're either trolling me or correcting me for not mentioning the CX designation.
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That's a good idea. I'll try to test the PSU cables some time in the future. I went to try yesterday but realized the pins on my volt meter are too thick to get to the inside of the SATA plug.
It's part of the Corsair CX series, and I guess it's technically called the CX600M. CX series is basically 80 PLUS Bronze certified units, and the M indicates that it has modular cabling.

Edit: LOL. I just saw your name and realized that you're either trolling me or correcting me for not mentioning the CX designation.

All Corsair PSUs have a prefix. "M" just means "Modular". Like TX-M, for example.

I was actually confused about "600M" and thought you might have meant a different wattage or series because, unlike the non-m version, there's only been one version of the CX600M. The modular cables shouldn't be incompatible. The use the same "Type 3" cables as the TX, RM, HXi, AXi, etc.
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All Corsair PSUs have a prefix. "M" just means "Modular". Like TX-M, for example.

I was actually confused about "600M" and thought you might have meant a different wattage or series because, unlike the non-m version, there's only been one version of the CX600M. The modular cables shouldn't be incompatible. The use the same "Type 3" cables as the TX, RM, HXi, AXi, etc.

Well this helps me a lot. So the two CX600Ms I bought should be the same PSU in theory? Like I mentioned I got one back in 2010 or so, the other one in 2014. I suppose the wire management choice being different with the cables of both of these PSUs is relatively meaningless here? (PSU2010 using mesh sheath to enclose the wires, PSU2014 using flat in a straight line style). I'll take your word with them being the same Type 3 cables and will go ahead and conclude that swapping PSU cables did no harm to the drive.
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2010? And iit's a CX-M?

What's the first six digits of the serial number?
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2010? And iit's a CX-M?

What's the first six digits of the serial number?

My memory is failing me apparently. After reading your post I remembered that the CX600M in my 2010 machine was actually a replacement for the original PSU that died several years ago. I looked inside that machine and saw that the PSU cables are the same flat style cables that my other CX600M uses. I now have no idea what PSU the mesh sheathed PSU cable was originally used for (I apologize if there is a proper term for this style of PSU cable). I guess that still leaves open the possibility of it frying the hard drive.
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