Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Internal SATA drives are treated as removable drives

11 Oct 2010   #1
toolbox1234

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.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Oct 2010   #2
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

mine does the same thing. each of my partitions show up.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Oct 2010   #3
alphanumeric
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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Oct 2010   #4
HammerHead

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Oct 2010   #5
toolbox1234

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Oct 2010   #6
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

id rather just deal with it than start messing with the registry, but thats just me...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2010   #7
alphanumeric
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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2010   #8
toolbox1234

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2010   #9
Wishmaster

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.


Attached Images
 
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2010   #10
Bill2

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
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Internal SATA drives are treated as removable drives




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
how to protect removable drives
How to prevent removable drive from being a carrier of viruses and malware? 1)Sometime you have to transfer data from removable drive to your PC for work and projects. If the PC is infected how do you prevent it from infecting your removable drive? 2)how do you prevent infected removable...
System Security
SATA drives : internal appear as External drives !
Hi very bizarre : - 3 of my 6 drives SATA connected to internal SATA connectors on board ( Z87 Deluxe) - are shown in explorer "my computer" as hard disks ( while correctly DVD and USB are in removable drives list) - however these 3 drives appear in the list of removable drives Under the W7...
Hardware & Devices
Phantom removable drives
Running Win 7 x64 Ultimate, SP1 installed from this forum. I hate asking stupid questions. It's embarrassing to get answers I should already know. So I tried to search first for this topic on this forum. Out of 17 selections offered me only one was vaguely appropriate. Is this a sad state...
Hardware & Devices
i see my local drives as removable ..
hi ichange bios as ahci cause i have 2 dock station and every time i have to restart to see the dock stations hard drives,ok i change my bios settings to ahci (somewhere i read if i do that,i can see then the dock stations drives as hot swap) anyway i dont fix the problem cause i have to restart...
Hardware & Devices
Internal Secondary HDD treated as Removable Hardware
My secondary HDDs are treated as Removable Hardware and goes into Sleep mode when not used for a while. Does anyone knows how to make Win7 treat the HDDs as permanent and keep them running?
Hardware & Devices
Removable drives
I have 2 drives showing in my computer which are not my drives, i have q: local disk (shows as 0 bytes used and 0 bytes free) and H: Removable disk (shows as 0 bytes used and 0 bytes free) How do i remove these, or find out what is using them ty :cry:
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:23.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App