Windows 10: Internal drive wrongly shown as removable

  1.    20 Aug 2015 #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.    21 Aug 2015 #2

    OldAussie said: View Post
    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.    21 Aug 2015 #3

    CountMike said: View Post
    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 : 2,033
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       21 Aug 2015 #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"
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  5.    21 Aug 2015 #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.    22 Aug 2015 #6

    OldAussie said: View Post
    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.    22 Aug 2015 #7

    I meant OP, but with hot swaps it would be normal unless BIOS has settings for it.
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  8. Posts : 14,918
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       28 Nov 2016 #8

    topgundcp said: View Post
    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"
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    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 : 2,033
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       28 Nov 2016 #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.
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  10. Posts : 1,527
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       29 Nov 2016 #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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