1. gernerttl's Avatar
    I have an old CPU case that I'd like to use as an external DVD drive case.

    I removed the motherboard from an old tower case, and installed two SATA DVD-RW drives and hooked them to the power supply, however when I turn on power, the drives don't power up.

    How do I get power to the drives without using a motherboard?
    02-03-2019 06:13 PM
  2. charlatan1978's Avatar
    Hi, the drives should power up without the motherboard.
    Is the power supply fan spinning?
    If so, have you tried powering the SATA DVD-RW drives individually?
    If you have a multimeter, you could check the voltage from the power connectors going to the drives. They should be 12V.
    02-04-2019 09:15 AM
  3. gernerttl's Avatar
    Thanks. No the power supply fan isn't spinning, although I have a green power light on. I'm thinking that I need the motherboard board. If so, I will just get a SATA power extension cable and run power off of my primary system.
    02-07-2019 01:08 AM

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