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  1.    08 Feb 2016 #1
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    How can I stop my SSD drive from showing as a Removable drive?


    When I use the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon/tool, to remove a USB stick, my internal SSD drive shows as a choice to be removed. How can I get the SSD off this list?

    In Device Manager, under Disk Drives, looking at the SSD drive's properties there is no "Removal Policy (i.e. choice of "Quick Removal" or "Better Performance") like the removable hard drive on my laptop has.
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  2.    08 Feb 2016 #2
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    Normally you need to install or update your SATA AHCI driver to correct this. You are most likely currently running on the generic Windows driver.

    Check your motherboard manufacturer's website for a current Windows 10 driver. (Or laptop manufacturer's website if this is a different rig than that in your specs).
    If no 10 driver, then use the most recent one.

    If no SATA/AHCI driver there, then you can get one if you install the most current version of Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver.
    However I have read some articles that say that W10 does not need IRST, but nothing conclusive. Perhaps someone else here could comment on that.
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  3.    09 Feb 2016 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountryBumkin View Post
    When I use the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon/tool, to remove a USB stick, my internal SSD drive shows as a choice to be removed. How can I get the SSD off this list?

    In Device Manager, under Disk Drives, looking at the SSD drive's properties there is no "Removal Policy (i.e. choice of "Quick Removal" or "Better Performance") like the removable hard drive on my laptop has.
    That glitch reared its ugly head right after Windows 7 SP1. Check the manufacturer to see if they have a firmware upgrade for the SSD.
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  4.    09 Feb 2016 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by TV2 View Post
    Normally you need to install or update your SATA AHCI driver to correct this. You are most likely currently running on the generic Windows driver.

    Check your motherboard manufacturer's website for a current Windows 10 driver. (Or laptop manufacturer's website if this is a different rig than that in your specs).
    If no 10 driver, then use the most recent one.

    If no SATA/AHCI driver there, then you can get one if you install the most current version of Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver.
    However I have read some articles that say that W10 does not need IRST, but nothing conclusive. Perhaps someone else here could comment on that.
    Users do not have to install anything extra with Windows 10. SSD SATA drivers have been built into the OS. This is not an issue with Intel Rapid Storage. It reared its head around the time that Windows 7 SP1 came out.

    Manufacturers of SSD's issued Firmware updates right after that, to stop the problem with Windows thinking that the SSD was a portable device.
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  5.    09 Feb 2016 #5
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    I wouldn't really worry too much about this. I had this issue on an older laptop when I was using Windows 7 (and not an SSD, but still). Windows absolutely will not let you eject the drive even if you try, because it's in use by the system. Nothing to worry about. You might still want to update your drivers though.
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  6.    09 Feb 2016 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnonVendetta View Post
    I wouldn't really worry too much about this. I had this issue on an older laptop when I was using Windows 7 (and not an SSD, but still). Windows absolutely will not let you eject the drive even if you try, because it's in use by the system. Nothing to worry about. You might still want to update your drivers though.
    Thanks. That's good to know - I don't have to do anything.
    But
    I went to Gigabyte website, and listed under Win10 x64 drivers, they have "Intel Management Engine Interface" and "Intel INF Installation".
    Should I install either, or both, of these? Currently I only have Windows drivers installed
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  7.    09 Feb 2016 #7
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    If they are newer then the ones signed by Microsoft and can solve the problem, go for it.

    I would make a image backup of the drive, before you even attempt to install those drivers. That includes making a Restore point before installing.
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  8.    09 Feb 2016 #8
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    I had this problem on one of my rigs updated to 10 and the AHCI/SATA driver solved it immediately.
    And we have solved it in the SevenForums many times doing the same thing.

    Some manufacturer's hardware requires 'special' instruction sets in the driver to activate certain features on the motherboard, while others do not. So the generic Windows driver will work with many systems, but higher end systems need the dedicated driver.

    The advice that you can leave it alone and it won't hurt anything is correct. But the behavior is not normal and should be corrected if you want a perfect running system. Ignoring problems and workarounds are not solutions IMHO.

    I also believe in updating all my drivers to the most current version from the manufacturer. Can't hurt, might help.

    I don't believe the SSD firmware will do anything to address this problem, because it does not affect the SATA controller on the motherboard or Windows, which are the source of the problem. But if there is new firmware, then why not install it (see above).

    Good advice to backup and create restore points. Even if nothing goes wrong, you can just go back to where you were if you ever needed to.

    Care to tell us the motherboard make and model?
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  9.    09 Feb 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountryBumkin View Post

    I went to Gigabyte website, and listed under Win10 x64 drivers, they have "Intel Management Engine Interface" and "Intel INF Installation".
    Should I install either, or both, of these? Currently I only have Windows drivers installed
    You should install any drivers for Windows 10 that are offered by the manufacturer. These insure that all components added outside the standard Intel or AMD chipset spec will function properly.

    Unfortunately, I do not believe either of those drivers will affect the SATA/AHCI driver.
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  10.    09 Feb 2016 #10
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    Get the Intel chipset updater utility from http://downloadcenter.intel.com (the latest version is for anything up to 8.1 but will work fine on 10). Of course you'll also need the IMEI (http://www.win-raid.com/t596f39-Inte...tem-Tools.html), and the Intel Rapid Storage Technology. Updating your SSD's firmware won't hurt either.
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