I have a CM RC-690 Case that I purchased about 8 months ago and one of the two top USB slots did not work since the start. However, I was not about to pay $18 in return shipping to get 1 more USB slot.
I just used the other slot instead. After a month or so an older Kingston flash drive I had stopped working. The computer does not even recognize it when you plug it in. I figured it was old and got a new 2GB flash drive. I even clicked on the safely remove device in Windows each time just in case. Another month passes and then this drive dies. I then purchased a 40GB external HDD that connects via USB. This then dies within a few weeks.
I replaced it and now run a cord (USB male to female) from the back of the machine and have not had any problems with my other flash drives and USB devices.
It seems likely that this case is somehow damaging the USB devices that are plugged into its sole working top USB connection.
Is this possible? Can I test it? Or, can I get it replaced with out additional RMA costs? I feel like I have already payed quite a bit for this case considering all of the USB devices it has demolished...