Internally, there's more than one device involved, and the actual
FireWire controller is only the last one. What particular device did
Windows complain about?
>>> So I thought, maybe a Firewire<->USB adaptor would work.
There is partial degree of reliability. Either the port has been
constructed to be a FireWire port with a USB jack (where the adapter
just maps the pins back), or it doesn't work at all.
>>> Unfair: There's an Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter!
Because SATA is a completely different protocol. This could work only
with FireWire hard disks.
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