Windows 10: Since when is an eSATA drive considered a 'removable' drive for backup

  1. Posts : 179
    Win 10 Pro 64bit Fall CU
       20 Jun 2016 #1

    Since when is an eSATA drive considered a 'removable' drive for backup

    I've been using an eSATA drive since Win 7 and had no problem with Windows backup. Now, since Sunday morning, backup considers that drive 'removable' media and won't back up to it.

    Any ideas out there?

    (Since I couldn't do a Windows backup, I configured Macrim to do it, but I don't understand why Windows won't back up)

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  2. Dude's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64
       20 Jun 2016 #2

    Check your Bios and see if your sata ports are configured as hot/removable
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  3. Posts : 179
    Win 10 Pro 64bit Fall CU
    Thread Starter
       20 Jun 2016 #3

    None of the SATA ports are configured as hot/removable in the BIOS. However, Port 0 is not present. Port 0 is where I have the eSATA cable plugged in. Even though I have the eSATA drive powered on, the BIOS still doesn't recognize the port is active.

    Windows sees the eSATA drive and says that it's on port 0 but since port 0 is not present in the BIOS, that must be the reason that backup thinks that the drive is removable. So I must have had a hardware error on the mobo sometime since the last backup and never saw the error. And apparently Macrim will do a system backup on any type of drive, so that's why that worked. I'll have to figure out how to activate the port by contacting Gigabyte.

    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
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  4. Dude's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64
       20 Jun 2016 #4

    Good luck, let us know what gigabyte says. Port 0 should be your drive with your OS. Switching it may help.
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  5. storageman's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 1803 17134.137
       21 Jun 2016 #5

    Just for clarification, my Win 7 system has a e-sata port on a gigabyte mother board. No matter what e-sata device I've ever plugged into it, its always been removable.
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  6. Posts : 179
    Win 10 Pro 64bit Fall CU
    Thread Starter
       21 Jun 2016 #6

    That may have been the case since I started using eSATA. However, this issue just started this weekend when backup wouldn't save to a 'removable' drive (error message from backup).

    Can't figure out what's changed from the previous, successful, backups.
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