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Windows 7: Internal SATA drives are treated as removable drives


11 Oct 2010   #1

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Internal SATA drives are treated as removable drives

On my Windoiws 7 Ultimate desktop PC, all my SATA hard drives are show up as removable from day 1. This is not a big problem but an anonyance. When I click "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media", all my fixed drives are listed along with the USB drive. Anyway to change the drive type of my internal drives to the proper type?
Thanks.

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11 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

mine does the same thing. each of my partitions show up.
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11 Oct 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I think that is a function of the drivers. Did you install the manufacturers supplied drivers of go with the default windows drivers? To be honest I just guessing, my SATA drive doesn't show up as removable. My motherboard also doesn't have any esata ports, it that matters.
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11 Oct 2010   #4

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
External

Made me curious, I checked mine. Only one drive show up out of three. It has the MS driver. I have external ports and the one drive hooked to them does't show.
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11 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

id rather just deal with it than start messing with the registry, but thats just me...
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12 Oct 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I'd say that windows wouldn't let you eject the drive that windows is installed too, and if you did eject one of your other drives a reboot would get it back. Still, I think it would bother me enough that I would try editing the registry. I'd back up that key first though, just in case I made a typo.
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12 Oct 2010   #8

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

If a PC only has one or two partitions/drives, there is no need to do this registry edit. Because I have several fixed drives, I have to "hunt" for the USB drive among all my internal drives when I want to remove it.
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12 Oct 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I believe the hotplugging is a feature of the AHCI driver.

Check in the Device Manager under Disk Drives -> Right Click Drive and choose Properties and look under the Policies tab.

"You should also see each drive with these options in the Devices & Printers section as well.


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12 Oct 2010   #10

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Even with the Safely remove icon, windows wouldnt let you eject the system drive. If it bothers you guys, try the Icon Remover, that'll hide the icon in the tray.

IconRemover - freeware tool for complete removal of 'Safely Remove Hardware' Icon
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