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Windows 7: Notebook Internal HDD Shows As 'Safely Eject Media'

21 Aug 2014   #1
GoingNutz

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Notebook Internal HDD Shows As 'Safely Eject Media'

I purchased a used Acer Aspire 5516, it has a replacement HDD with W7 Home Premium 64, originally it had Vista 64.
There was only a 500GB HDD with a C partition and it showed up as an ejectable media in the system tray. I have partitioned the HDD to 80GB(OS) and 420GB(Media).
Now, both partitions show up as ejectable (USB) media and I cannot assign D to the media partition.
D does not show up as an assignable letter for partitions, I have named it E, this conflicted with my external HDD storage so I renamed my external storage to K.
I have read several possible fix's, bit most opinions on them are that a reg edit is a patch not a fix. Other answers leave a broken system by making the icon dissapear.
I do not have recovery media or the W7 install disk. The W7 serial is good and it regularly updates.
I can't find the drivers (ACHI) on the Acer site and I'm unsure of what INTEL drivers to use.

Can someone help me with this ejectable media issue?
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PennyK


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22 Aug 2014   #2
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

That is typical when using the Microsoft AHCI driver. The Intel AHCI driver is Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST) and should be available in the driver downloads from your Laptops Driver downloads page at Acer. The Intel IRST is a raid driver but also includes it's AHCI driver and is the only way to get it. That does not mean you have to run Raid. It will do nothing if you don't run raid except use the AHCI driver.
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22 Aug 2014   #3
GoingNutz

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
1 - and should be available in the driver downloads from your Laptops Driver downloads page at Acer.
2 -The Intel IRST is the only way to get the AHCI driver.
1 - Nope.


2 - Which one?



So changing the BIOS setting from ACHI to IDE wont accomplish anything?
And if I did would that effect the OS or storage partition?
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22 Aug 2014   #4
essenbe

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Not advisable. The computer probably wouldn't start if you change the raid mode in bios. Besides, You will get better performance in AHCI normally. One of the attributes of AHCI is the ability to 'hot swap' a hard drive which is why your drive shows up as removable. Just don't try it with that drive. But what you are seeing is normal. As far as which IRST version, it would depend on the chipset of your Motherboard. It should tell you when you look at the drivers from Intel.
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22 Aug 2014   #5
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

See if this is your Laptop and look under storage drivers Software & driver downloads HP ENVY 17-3090nr 3D Edition Notebook PC | HP® Support

You are showing the download page for Acer but your system specs list an HP.

Never mind, I see it now.
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22 Aug 2014   #6
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Your Acer should have some kind of storage drivers.
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22 Aug 2014   #7
GoingNutz

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post

Never mind, I see it now.
Do you see the part about "I just purchased a USED" ..........
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22 Aug 2014   #8
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Yes, I saw that and that's why I said never mind. But, there should be some storage drivers with any computer driver downloads as well as chipset drivers. I don't see them in what you are showing. As far as Intel, the IRST drivers will depend on your chipset.
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25 Aug 2014   #9
GoingNutz

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Your Acer should have some kind of storage drivers.
Noooo,,,,,,,Really?!,,,,,,I'm so baffaled by this revelation......

Me thinks Jedi Master has been in the Klingon Ale too muchly.
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25 Aug 2014   #10
essenbe

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