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Windows 7: Internal Hard drive Not Recognized

22 Oct 2009   #1
MedicineMan

Windows 7
 
 
Internal Hard drive Not Recognized

Hi forum

I just installed windows 7 and noticed that my internal hard drive is being recognized as an external disk drive. Whats going on and how do i change it?

My hard drive is a TOSHIBA MK3252GSX ATA Device, my computer is an hp dv5

thanks


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22 Oct 2009   #2
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Can we have visual representation of your finding?
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22 Oct 2009   #3
MedicineMan

Windows 7
 
 

Here, i can't figure out how to paste it, but here is the attachment


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22 Oct 2009   #4
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

How can u tell from that, that your HDD is external or internal?
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22 Oct 2009   #5
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MedicineMan View Post
Here, i can't figure out how to paste it, but here is the attachment
Try this:
  1. Click the Start orb
  2. Right-click on "Computer", then click "Properties"
  3. Click on "Device Manager" in the upper left
  4. Open the "Disk Drive" catagory by clicking the little triangle
  5. Right-click on your particular drive, then click "Properties"
  6. Click the "Policies" tab
  7. If you have an option in the lines of "Optimze for Quick Removal", or something similar, turn that option off.
This MIGHT work, then again it might not. I've never had this issue with with either Windows Vista or Windows 7, so I also can't give screenshots of what I mean. Have you also tried downloading updated driver for your computer motherboard?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
How can u tell from that, that your HDD is external or internal?
Because you should be able to "eject" and internal hard disk. I had a similar issue with my SATA hard disk on and older machine of mine that used a Gigabyte motherboard, when SATA was still a relatively new concept.
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23 Oct 2009   #6
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

"Because you should be able to "eject" and internal hard disk."

So from his attachment, he can't click on the Eject TOSHIBA MK3252GSX ATA Device? I'm not sure if this is a way to tell if it's internal or external, by external, does it mean something connected via USB?
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23 Oct 2009   #7
Dnlb32

Seven
 
 
HDD

I'm guessing he meant, you shouldn't be able to eject an internal hard disk..

Yeah, usually external hard drives are located outside the tower and connected via usb.. by ejecting it you help to ensure all data has finished transferring so there is not corruption.
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23 Oct 2009   #8
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

The Device Instance ID, should be one giveaway. Eg.

IDE\... internal HDD
USBSTOR\...USB attached HDD.

Btw, you can use the DVD enclosure to house a removable HDD, but even so i do not think you will be getting IDE\ as Device Instance ID.
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23 Oct 2009   #9
Sharivari

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

Isn't this normal now for secondary SATA drives? i.e. they appear in the 'Safe to Remove Hardware' option, as in below:

http://www.ctcd.edu/infotech/ctcitd/...aremessage.png

I have 3 machines, each with two SATA hard disks, and it looks like I have the option to safely remove them, as if they were hot swappable disks, which they're not of course !

I find it annoying, and a bit scary at times, as when safely removing a USB memory stick, I sometimes click on the wrong device.

Is this what the original poster is talking about ?

At least I can report Windows 7 doesn't seem to do this - it's on XP that I see this.
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23 Oct 2009   #10
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dzomlija View Post
Because you should be able to "eject" and internal hard disk. I had a similar issue with my SATA hard disk on and older machine of mine that used a Gigabyte motherboard, when SATA was still a relatively new concept.
To correct myself:

Because you should not be able to "eject" an internal hard disk. I had a similar issue with my SATA hard disk on and older machine of mine that used a Gigabyte motherboard, when SATA was still a relatively new concept.


Sorry about that guys. I was typing too fast again, and was in a hurry to get to work.
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