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Old 06-28-2007, 04:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Leaving a usb socket on motherboard unplugged?

I recently installed an ASUS motherboard. One of the USB drives is plugged into the motherboard in a cramped space where I'd rather install a pci card.

Will unplugging the usb cable have any bad effects on the motherboard? And if I plug a flash drive into an unplugged usb socket will it damage the flash drive?
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Default Re: Leaving a usb socket on motherboard unplugged?

no, and no.

The USB will just sit there, and the port it connects to will be dead. Putting a flash drive in it will do nothing to it.
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Default Re: Leaving a usb socket on motherboard unplugged?

As Trotter said, whether you connect or not connect a front usb cable, the computer won't know until something is plugged in. If you do decide to unplug the cable from the computer and you plug it a flash drive, absolute nothing will happen. It will just be like not touching the flash drive, it won't be damaged since no voltage is running through.
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