I have a client who recently had a workstation failure. It's a Dell 390 Precision that is used to store and view medical images. The system has two internal SATA drives, and also connects to an external NAS.
They took the system to one of the few remaining big computer store chains to evaluate. The store said they tried a power supply, but it did not help the problem. Now I have been asked to look the system over and help the client locate and purchase identical hardware to migrate the drives into. Ok fine we can do that.
When I opened the system up, I noticed that one of the SATA drives was no longer connected, but I could not find a loose connector anyway. Then I realized that one SATA port had been looped back into another SATA port. (see photo) Does anyone have any experience with what happens if you do that ? I also noticed that there were 4 of the larger capacitors with that telltale failure bulge. I'm just wondering if this scenario is in any way possible:
- System comes in with a bad power supply
- While swapping the supply and plugging/unplugging cables, a loose SATA cable is looped back to the controller instead of going to a drive
- Motheboard blows.
Perhaps looping back the port does nothing. I've just never done it or heard of it being done. Thank you !!!!