I have some issues with a disk on a SATA to USB controller. I have plugged the SATA to USB converter into a 2,5" SATA disk and I have tried with an external resp. internal power source.
When I boot my pc with the "USB-disk" plugged in, my system freezes (during POST). I thought that would be a USB mass storage setup issue, so I checked my BIOS configuration.
There were a few things, that would make sense to edit, such as setting the speed for USB to full-speed rather than hi-speed and I edited the initial USB startup delay to 10 seconds, rather than the default 20.
I checked that legacy USB-support was enabled. OK. I still couldn't see the disk in the "removable disk" tab, so I rebooted the pc.
Afterwards I were able to see the disk (WDC...) on the "removable disk" tab in the AMI BIOS configuration , so I tried to reboot the pc, but it froze once again. I decided to try to start the pc without the disk, which was no problem. Afterwards I replugged the disk and Windows actually detected the controller AND the disk in the "safely remove hardware" box. I then checked the disk management settings, but the disk still wasn't here. It wasn't in the DISKPART DOS application either.
I suspect, that the problem is that, my HDD isn't plugged in during the initial Windows loading, but all the settings seems to be as they should.
I have read the manual for the controler, which states that there is no need to install the drivers, if you are running Windows XP or later.
I have tried to repeat this procedure on my other pc, where I'm running Ubuntu 9.10, but here the disk doesn't even seem to be detected.
Motherboard: ASUS P5GDC Pro
Operating System: Windows XP Home
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EDIT: Oh and I have tried all this with several known working disks.