Internal drive wrongly shown as removable


  1. Posts : 30
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    Internal drive wrongly shown as removable


    There is an icon in my tray to "Safely remove hardware and eject media". It is always there (even when no USB devices are plugged in) because Windows thinks my second internal SSD is removable.

    Is there a config setting or a registry edit to fix that?
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  2. Posts : 19,215
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
       #2

    OldAussie said:
    There is an icon in my tray to "Safely remove hardware and eject media". It is always there (even when no USB devices are plugged in) because Windows thinks my second internal SSD is removable.

    Is there a config setting or a registry edit to fix that?
    In it's properties in Device manager, see if "Enable write caching on this device" is turned on (checked),
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  3. Posts : 30
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    CountMike said:
    In it's properties in Device manager, see if "Enable write caching on this device" is turned on (checked),
    Yes, write caching is enabled for that drive.
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  4. Posts : 2,790
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #4

    Go into your BIOS and check if the sata port which the HD is connected to, has the "Hot Plug" enabled. Here's an example of my BIOS. I have sata2 and sata5 enabled so I can hot swap these 2 internal drives then they will appear in "Safely Remove"
    Internal drive wrongly shown as removable-msi_snapshot.jpg
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  5. Posts : 30
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Thanks for the suggestion topgundcp.
    I just searched through every page in my AMI BIOS setup and it doesn't offer any setting for hot plug.
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  6. Posts : 19,215
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
       #6

    OldAussie said:
    Thanks for the suggestion topgundcp.
    I just searched through every page in my AMI BIOS setup and it doesn't offer any setting for hot plug.
    Which MB is that ? Some have eSATA connectors inside too.
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  7. Posts : 19,215
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
       #7

    I meant OP, but with hot swaps it would be normal unless BIOS has settings for it.
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  8. Posts : 26,352
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #8

    topgundcp said:
    Go into your BIOS and check if the sata port which the HD is connected to, has the "Hot Plug" enabled. Here's an example of my BIOS. I have sata2 and sata5 enabled so I can hot swap these 2 internal drives then they will appear in "Safely Remove"
    Internal drive wrongly shown as removable-msi_snapshot.jpg
    #

    I just got my first high end, not off the shelf PC's ever, and had the removable drive problem, and landed here after using the forums search.
    Dino's( @topgundcp ) answer fixed it for me, thanks man!
    This is the first time I have ever had the entry or choice on a PC, all my others only had the choice of AHCI or IDE, so I didn't know about this setting. I still need to learn ho to use my new BIOS, without setting things to OC all the time and overheating my brand new computer(specs already updated in case someone is interested).
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  9. Posts : 2,790
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #9

    @Cliff S
    FYI, normally people use external HD to store Data/Backup Image. However, The external HD is in enclosure and get over heated (>50 C burning hot), hence shorten the life of it. For each of my PC's, I use a bare hot swap bays as shown (one for SSD, one for 3.5" HD) to keep the HD temp low (~ 30 C ) and for true Sata speed instead of USB.
    Internal drive wrongly shown as removable-81pi3mspctl._sl1500_.jpg
    Internal drive wrongly shown as removable-2016-11-28_6-54-48.png
    Internal drive wrongly shown as removable-8804372.01.prod.jpg
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  10. Posts : 7,089
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #10

    I had this problem when one of my internal drives was connected to a Marvell SATA port on my Gigabyte motherboard. I moved that drive to a free Intel SATA port and it now works fine. I eventually disabled the Marvel SATA ports in the BIOS since I don't need them.
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