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Windows 7: Internal Secondary HDD treated as Removable Hardware

15 May 2012   #1
BionicGear83

windows 7 64-bit
 
 
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?



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15 May 2012   #2
TVeblen

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Yes.
Q1: Removable drive: You have installed W7 in AHCI mode and are using the generic AHCI driver that comes with Windows.
You want to find and install the correct AHCI driver from your motherboard manufacturer.
Edit: The “Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver” installs the AHCI Drivers. (AKA “Intel Matrix Control Driver” on older systems)

Q2: Drive goes to sleep: is solved in your power management settings:
  • Control Panel >Hardware & Sound > Power Options
  • Whatever Power Plan you are on - click "Change Plan Settings"
  • Then click: "Change Advanced Plan Settings"
  • Click to expand Hard Disks
  • Click to expand "Turn Off Hard Disk After"
  • And change the time to Zero. It will now say "Never"
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15 May 2012   #3
BionicGear83

windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for the info.

However, I want to resolve this as well. (See below pic)
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How do I remove this?
I just want my secondary HDDs to be non-removable.


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15 May 2012   #4
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

That still refers to Q1 above.

It is an either/or situation. You can install the Intel AHCI drivers and remove the false "removable drive" information, or use the generic Windows driver and keep it. It will affect both drives equally.

Notice I said "false".
You can go ahead and try to select your main hard drive and 'Safely Remove Hardware'. The system will not let you. That is because those are not external drives and will not behave like one.

This is not to be confused with AHCI's "hotplug" capability: the ability to install or remove an internal hard drive while the system is running. That is not the same thing and not what those false messages refer to.

Also note that I personally do not hot-plug drives even though I could do so. I am not going to take the chance on some stray static discharge frying my components.
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15 May 2012   #5
BionicGear83

windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Thanks again for the info
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