I've given up trying to read from my SATA disk in my desktop and
instead invested in an external HD enclosure (bottom-right).
It's the most cheap-looking piece of hardware I've ever seen.
Getting the drive into it and reading from it ok was no easy
feat and involved totally ignoring the screw-holes that were
pre-drilled. I'm currently running
holding down the enter key for the Yes-prompts, and praying.
Here you can also see me preferring my X40's keyboard to my external one: It is much more comfortable. I'm still using the KVM for the monitor and mouse, though.