Just yesterday i got a new gigabyte motherboard. Due to upgrading from ddr2 to ddr3 and not currently having any ddr3 ram i am not able to test it.
The problem is that i set up the mobo in the case and plugged the hard drive in, i went to get some food so i just left the hdd on top on the case. When i came back i tripped over the sata cable. Due to it having a clip it didnt come out and instead it ripped the sata connecter out taking 2 or 3 of the pins with it. I wasnt to worried about this as i only need one sata connector. But one of my mates said that due to it being a circuit and all being connected together the whole mobo may not work. I disagree with him but im just wondering if you guys could give me some clarification.
Play dumb and RMA to Gigbayte or supplier, stating damaged in transit.
Well i was thinking of that but im getting ram tomorrow and really want to have the computer up and running so if it works fine then i really dont care about a broken sata connector. I was just wondering if it could damage the whole motherboard
As long as you didn't didn't damage any of the traces in the motherboard and ensure that any bent pins are not touching each other or anything nearby, there's nothing to stop you from simply not using those SATA ports.