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Windows 7: Why does my hard disk appear in "Safely Remove Hardware" ?

17 Jul 2011   #11

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ardisugianto View Post
hi guys... after installing windows 7, i notice there is something wrong with my safely remove program, my harrdrive (internal, not external) is appear in that list, how to fix this, because i think this is very anoying for me

This is a common problem when running on the generic AHCI driver supplied in Windows 7.
The solution is to install the correct AHCI driver for your computer.

First - find the AHCI driver. These usually come in the motherboard CD if this were a custom build. For a laptop you would need to see if there is one in the manufacturer's downloads section, contact the manufacturer, or find out the brand of motherboard, check the specs, and see if you can find a suitable driver. The generic Intel driver works for many boards based on Intel chipsets and can be found on Intel's website.

Once you have the correct AHCI driver you install it thus:
  • Open Device Manager
  • Navigate to IDE/ATA/ATAPI Controller > ***AHCI Serial ATA Controller
  • Right click > Properties
  • Choose: Update Driver
  • Browse to the folder that contains the AHCI driver you downloaded > Select > OK
  • “Successful” Message > Close
  • “Must Restart > Restart
  • Drivers Install > Another Restart necessary > Restart
  • Drivers successfully Installed. Remove Hardware Icon no longer showing.
*** : the name of the AHCI device is different for different systems, but it should be the only one with AHCI in it's name.

See if that will help.

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17 Jul 2011   #12

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot

I am guessing you are using the Microsoft msahci driver. Here is the fix - you can disable the hotswap on a port by port basis:

My internal SATA device appears in Devices and Printers and in the - Microsoft Answers
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13 Jul 2012   #13

Windows Home Premium 64 bit

I solved this problem by going into the Bios and disabling the "Hot Plug Capability" on the serial port that the Hard drive was connected to.
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