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Windows 7: All of my hard drives show as removeable

04 Nov 2009   #1
madmartian

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
All of my hard drives show as removeable

Strange - all of my hard drives, even my C drive, show up on the "Safely Remove Hardware" menu. They are correctly listed under "Hard Disk Drives", not "Devices with Removeable Storage", yet they still appear on the "Safely Remove" menu. I am not going to try ejecting the C drive for fun. How do I get the "Safely Remove" menu cleaned up? All drives are selected for "Better Performance" and "Enable Write Caching" on the Policies tab. I am using Windows 7 Pro 64.


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04 Nov 2009   #2
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Hi, you need to use Optimize for quick removal instead of Better Performance.
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04 Nov 2009   #3
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Mine also do this until I have the correct chipset drivers installed. (on a fresh install)

You might check to see if you have the correct chipset drivers.
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04 Nov 2009   #4
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madmartian View Post
Strange - all of my hard drives, even my C drive, show up on the "Safely Remove Hardware" menu. They are correctly listed under "Hard Disk Drives", not "Devices with Removeable Storage", yet they still appear on the "Safely Remove" menu. I am not going to try ejecting the C drive for fun. How do I get the "Safely Remove" menu cleaned up? All drives are selected for "Better Performance" and "Enable Write Caching" on the Policies tab. I am using Windows 7 Pro 64.
I believe that's normal for SATA drives, if your SATA controller is running in AHCI mode. (The drives are actually hot-swappable, although few have the hardware to make that convenient.)

I don't know of any way to get rid of the entries from the "safely remove hardware" section.

No, it won't let you remove the OS drive.
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04 Nov 2009   #5
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

If you get the correct controller drivers they will not be in the list of removable drives is still my guess.
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04 Nov 2009   #6
madmartian

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Dinesh, I'm afraid you have that backwards. "Optimize for Quick Removal" is the setting for removable drives, which these are not. I think bobkn is right - Unlike Vista, Windows 7 is correctly recognizing these as hot swappable. I just wish there was a way to exclude them from the list. I don't want to eject the wrong drive by accident and then have to reboot (or open up the case) to activate it again.
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05 Nov 2009   #7
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madmartian View Post
Dinesh, I'm afraid you have that backwards. "Optimize for Quick Removal" is the setting for removable drives, which these are not. I think bobkn is right - Unlike Vista, Windows 7 is correctly recognizing these as hot swappable. I just wish there was a way to exclude them from the list. I don't want to eject the wrong drive by accident and then have to reboot (or open up the case) to activate it again.
I didnt setup anthing on my own. These are default option on a clean install of Win7.
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05 Nov 2009   #8
madmartian

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Some more searching turned up this usefull app that solves the problem:

Download USB Safely Remove for free
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05 Oct 2010   #9
veetee

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

After researching this for some time i have finally found a solution in this microsoft-issued document:
http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...DC2/eSATA.docx

I'll try to summarize it here, but take a look for yourself if it's not clear enough:
"To work around this problem, you can disable external SATA support on a per-channel basis by setting the value of the TreatAsInternalPort registry key to 1 and then rebooting the system."

What this actually means is that you first need to find out on which channel your drive is connected, and then set a certain registry value accordingly. Do this by going to Device Manager -> Disk Drives; Right click your drive and click Properties. On the General tab look at Location. There are several numbers here, but i think that only "channel" matters to us. My channel was 0.

Now open your registry (with admin privileges) and go to:
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\msahci\Controller0\Channel0 (change the last digit according to you drive's channel).
If this key doesn't exist you're gonna have to create it (I had to create Controller0\Channel0).
Here create a new DWORD value with the following properties:
Value name: TreatAsInternalPort
Value data: 1
Base: Hexadecimal

You can shorten this process by entering the following in the command line:
reg.exe add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\msahci\Controller0\Channel0" /f /v TreatAsInternalPort /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001

Now just reboot!
This worked for me. Hope it helps.
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05 Oct 2010   #10
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

The suggestion from VeeTee is excellent and works.

If you update your bios and your motherboard drivers, you will probably find that the registry location is set correctly.
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