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Windows 7: HDD Wrongly Mounts as Device with Removable Storage

28 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
HDD Wrongly Mounts as Device with Removable Storage

My old 70GB HDD which is now in a USB caddy is refusing to mount as a Hard Disk Drive and is instead mounting as a Device with Removable Storage.

I have two newer SATA drives in USB caddies as well and these both mount correctly.

How can I make it so that it mounts as a HDD?


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29 Mar 2010   #2
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X

I'm not completely certain, as I can't seem to find an answer anywhere, but I believe it may have something to do with the size of the removable device. Back in the day, 70GB was large, but nowadays, you can find USB Flash Drives larger than that.

If that's not the reason Windows calls it a removable device, it also might have to do with the USB housing, although I doubt it. Either way, does it really matter much? You can still access your hard drive just as well, and in 7 you have the option of ejecting the device from the Explorer menu whereas you can no longer eject from Explorer with regular external HDDs.
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