Question: USB on Mac Mini failing?
My 2014 Mac Mini is Boot Camp'd into Windows 10.
I recently transitioned from using two single-bay NexStar USB 3.0 HDD docks connecting two 6.0 TB Western Digital drives to using one dual-bay Orico HDD dock for both drives for "convenience" -- one power connection and one USB connection instead of two. But then corruption issues revealed themselves on the drives and I ran chkdsk on both ("Corruption was found while examining files in directory") and reconnected the drives to the single-bay NexStar to run WD Diagnostics quick and extended tests, which the HDDs both passed. So I ordered an amazon top-rated dual-bay HDD dock brand Inateck and upon connecting my HDDs to that, Windows reported that one of the drives (J:) would not work unless formatted. Not wanting to lose all that data, I tried the same drive on the NexStar and Windows gave the same "won't work unless formatted" message so I went back to the Inateck dual-bay and began running chkdsk which is reporting new "Corruption was found while examining files in directory" but it looks like it is files that were copied using the Orico. But what I'm also experiencing upon connection of this Inateck device is the keyboard and mouse that are connected to my Thunderbolt monitor aren't working and the F1 & F2 brightness controls aren't working for the Thunderbolt monitor either. When I check Windows device manager, under Universal SErial Bus controllers, there is a yellow warning sign beside "Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller" which is reporting a Device status of "This device cannot start (Code 10) (Operation Failed) The requested operation was unsuccessful." Chkdsk is still running (it takes a while for a 6TB drive) so I have to wait before uninstalling devices from Device Manager as that might interrupt/break the chkdsk process. But what is happening? Is this a hardware issue inside the Mac Mini related to the USB ports? And how do I demonstrate this to Apple Support what I'm seeing on the Windows side? Is there a MacOS equivalent of Device Manager that would show this yellow alert on the "Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller"? Or is this just a Windows driver issue that just happened to occur when I started using a dual-bay Orico dock?
Mac mini (Late 2014), OS X El Capitan (10.11.6)