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 drive showing as "ejectable"

30 Sep 2011   #1
wegtet

 
Internal SATA drive showing as "ejectable"

I have the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon in my system tray. One of my drives, a WD20EARS (WD Green 2TB) is listed there. I want the icon to go away since I obviously have no need to eject the drive.

How can I stop Windows from thinking it's a drive that's ejectable?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
30 Sep 2011   #2
bassfisher6522

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Is this a new drive recently added? Is this drive the primary drive or just for storage? Is this an internal drive or external drive? Did you follow the manufacturers directions for installing the drive if it's an internal HDD.

SATA Hard Drive - How to Install and Setup
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Sep 2011   #3
wegtet

 

Is this a new drive recently added?
No. It's around 2 months old, but I did a CPU/board swap last week and now I have the above issue. I installed all the chipset and storage controller drivers. The "eject" option was available from the first time I booted with the new motherboard. The motherboard in question is an ASUS P8Z68-V Pro.

Is this drive the primary drive or just for storage?
Storage.

Did you follow the manufacturers directions for installing the drive if it's an internal HDD.
Yes it's installed correctly. It has no functional issues.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

30 Sep 2011   #4
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Sep 2011   #5
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dondon View Post
I have the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon in my system tray. One of my drives, a WD20EARS (WD Green 2TB) is listed there. I want the icon to go away since I obviously have no need to eject the drive.

How can I stop Windows from thinking it's a drive that's ejectable?
You're referring to hot plugging which becomes available on boards that support it, when AHCI is enabled.
You can disable it in your BIOS.

Internal SATA drive showing as "ejectable"-capture.jpg


My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Sep 2011   #6
wegtet

 

I already have it in IDE mode.

Is there a way to swap to AHCI without data loss? It's actually something I wanted to do, but I was under the impression you had to reinstall Windows to make the switch.


Edit: Just checked BIOS.
The 6 ports provided by my Intel chipset are listed in the BIOS, just like in the screenshot above (except with no hotplug option, since I'm in IDE mode). The 2 SATA ports provided by the Marvell controller are not listed. Unfortunately I plugged the drive in question into one of those ports. I assume swapping the drive over to a different port will solve this.


Edit 2:
Ugh another random issue with the drive: 15k load/unload cycles generated in the last 2-3 days. Stupid Superfetch. I guess changing the board made Windows take notice of the drive? who knows.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Sep 2011   #7
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I suspect that you have the Marvel Storage Controller set to AHCI.

Go to Advanced / Onboard Device Configuration / Marvell Storage Controller.
Is it set to IDE or AHCI?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Oct 2011   #8
wegtet

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p5bdkw View Post
I suspect that you have the Marvel Storage Controller set to AHCI.

Go to Advanced / Onboard Device Configuration / Marvell Storage Controller.
Is it set to IDE or AHCI?
ah missed that. Thanks, problem solved. Now to figure out why my disk is being accessed every ~15 seconds.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Internal SATA drive showing as "ejectable"




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
"send to" menu showing hard/removable drive shortcuts
when i edit the "send to" folder in my user profile the shortcuts are not listed. i have file menu tools installed and under the send to section they don't show up either. i searched google for the location of the "send to" folder in the registry but, google is not my friend . i also searched here...
General Discussion
Internal Drive disappears"G:\ Refers to a location that is unavailabe"
Hey everyone, This is my first post here, and it is because of a terrible problem I am having where one of my internal drives literally just disappears from my computer after about 15 minutes of my computer running. If I restart the computer the drive will come back but then just disappear...
Hardware & Devices
Internal Hard Drive name defaults to "PenDrive"
I just installed a new internal hard drive that I called "Medusa" (the others are Apollo, Zeuss, etc. I like mythology) but the first time I restarted the computer the name and had changed to "Pendrive" and the icon is now a folder. When I try to change the name, I get an alert that I need to...
Hardware & Devices
"Safely remove hardware" not showing drive letter/label
From my "Safely remove hardware and eject media" I get a dialog that says: Open Devices and Printers ------------------------- Ian's pc - Eject ST320005 42A2 SCSI Disk Device - Eject ST320005 42A2 SCSI Disk Device
Hardware & Devices
Win7 "No Drives found" SATA drive
I have a custom built HTPC with a Seagate SATA drive. Media Center halted, and Win7 would not reboot. When I attempt to reinstall Win7 it cannot find the drive (C) - "No drives were found. Click Load Driver to provide a mass storage driver for installation." My research tells me SATA drives...
Installation & Setup
2nd internal hard drive wont appear "error: core library not found"
I have a problem with windows saying my 1TB WD HDD isnt there. When I boot my computer up i can see it on the boot menu, but when i log into my computer an error message pops up and says "error: core library not found", and my D: is gone. I boot off of a 64gb SSD. It also seems the problem is...
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 03:45.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App