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Old 02-28-2010, 08:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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.

System information:

Motherboard: ASUS P5GDC Pro
Bios: AMI
Operating System: Windows XP Home

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EDIT: Oh and I have tried all this with several known working disks.

Any ideas?

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Default Re: USB-disk issue,

Try disabling USB boot.

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Old 02-28-2010, 09:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: USB-disk issue,

USB boot is not enabled. The pc is setup to bootup from my main IDE disk and the second boot option is my IDE CD-RW drive.

I have just updated my BIOS to the latest revision, but that had no effect either.
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Old 02-28-2010, 10:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: USB-disk issue,

OK. I tried to boot up from Hirens' Boot cd, but the cd wouldn't load with the disk plugged in either.

I double checked the BIOS configuration and noticed that I had forced the controller to be seen as a HDD. I tried to change this to "auto" and rebooted the pc.

Now I'm getting an "overclocked failed" error, whereas it seems that I must load the default configuration.
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