Been trying to solve this problem for a few weeks now. I have a hard-drive docking station connected to my PC via a USB 2.0 connection (no e-SATA on mainboard). I have several SATA drives that I plug into the docking station and use (as if they were usual onboard drives).
I plugged the HD from my wife's laptop into the docking station for the first time ever, to give it a good scan for viruses, defrag it, etc. My PC recognised the docking station (DS) and started the 'found new hardware' wizard (for the drive), then it just froze. There were no error messages, no blue screens, nothing. Since then the behaviour is the same for all drives I plug in - even drives that have worked in the DS for months.
Since then I have uninstalled every entry in Device Manager that I can find that could be related to the DS (under USB controllers, HID's & disk drives) and trying to reinstall everything from scratch. DS installs fine, but PC freezes upon insertion of any drive - so the problam has not been resolved.
There are two things I do not yet understand - firstly, I can use the DS connected to my wife's laptop with any drive with no problem. This indicates that 1) the DS works properly, and 2) the hard drives work properly (are not damaged).
The second strange thing is that when I boot with a drive docked in the DS and the DS switched on I can use it, at least for a while before I have problems - before this problem started happening I always used the 'safely remove hardware' icon in the system tray to remove both the drive then the DS (which is also assigned a drive letter) before switching off the DS and then removing a drive (and the reverse for inserting a drive for use).
System specs below:
- Gigabyte GA-X58 UD5-Extreme mainboard
- Intel Core i7 920 processor (not overclocked at this time)
- ATI Radeon HD 5970 OC with Arctic Cooling cooler
- Thermalright Venomous-X processor-cooler & fans
- Corsair Dominator GT Memory (3 x 2Gb, DDR3, 2000MHz, 7-8-7-20) & cooling
- BFG EX 1200W power supply
- Lian Li PC-B70 case
- Eaton PowerWare 2200 UPS (for PC & DS)
- Windows XP Pro SP3 (with updates)
Above system had been working for much more than a year, then in beginning of December (this month) I decided to do a clean reinstall of windows after system crashes while watching videos. I downloaded all the latest drivers needed before the reinstall, as well as all the latest versions of the various utilities and applications I use - should be no bits of previous drivers / software causing problems. 'System (C:)' and 'Programs (D:)' drives were formatted prior to reinstallation of Windows.
I have ESET Smart Security 5, as well as Malwarebytes Antimalware and SuperAntiSpyware (both the latter for on-demand scans only) and given my entire system a thorough scan with each, but it's completely clean. All drives are regularly checked and defragged. Event viewer shows no errors / helpful information. I've searched on Google for things like 'docking station freezes PC' but it looks like this is not a frequent problem. The docking station is an 'Icy Box IB-115'. I've tried everything I can think of, but I'm beaten - I hope someone here can point me in a new direction.
Edited by Bannor, 26 December 2011 - 12:45 PM.