1.    30 Jan 2017 #1
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    How to make removable disk act like permanent hard disk in Win 10 Pro?


    I'm setting up a Toshiba Encore 2 Tablet for a family member. I've already updated it to run 32-bit Windows 10 Pro 1607. It came with a very small amount of internal EMCC storage (24 GB available, NTFS formatted), but fortunately it also includes a MicroSD slot, which I've populated as a 128 GB NTFS drive. I've successfully installed and run many applications to/from this MicroSD disk ("D:\").

    But this disk apparently is seen by Windows as a removable drive and so it does NOT include a Recycle Bin and Windows refuses to list this disk as available to store Restore Points, both of which I want to enable. How can I accomplish this? Am I correct in suspecting that if I can somehow force Windows to see the D:\ drive as a non-removable hard drive, it will automatically setup or enable a Recycle Bin and also allow me to turn on System Protection for the drive? If not, how can I do what I want?

    Thanks!
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  2.    30 Jan 2017 #2
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    Not possible. Just backup drive regularly.
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  3.    30 Jan 2017 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by cereberus View Post
    Not possible. Just backup drive regularly.
    Thanks for your reply, but the family member in question can't really perform backups and the like herself.

    And for the record, however, it seems that at least some people have managed to trick Windows into treating at least some removable storage devices (typically removable USB flash drives and the like) as if they were fixed disks. I, myself, have a strong memory of using some third-party software to do this a while back, even though I don't remember the name of the tool.

    Some people have solved this using hard links, but I don't want to go that route (at least until I've exhausted all other options). Others have used various hacks to flip the "removable" bit -- some using special software tools and others by installing special filter drivers that report to Windows that the device in question is a fixed disk.

    Here's a link that describes a solution for certain device types and situations (but none of them address my highly specific needs of MicroSD under Windows 10):

    http://agnipulse.com/2012/03/filter-drivers-removable-media-fixed-disk-windows/


    But I still think there is probably a solution/hack that will accomplish what I need...
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  4.    31 Jan 2017 #4
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    the removeable bit solution has not worked for several years.

    You could just buy a win to go certified flash drive which is seen as a fixed drive.
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  5.    01 Feb 2017 #5
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    There is a Recycle Bin on every External drive in Windows, but it is a hidden file. However, it is associated with the Recycle Bin on the C: drive. If you accidentally or on purpose delete a file on the external drive, you can restore it from the recycle bin on the C: drive.
    System Restore does not restore personal items (ie) Documents, Pictures, Music etc. It only restores Windows System Files, Programs and Drivers. So running a System Restore to restore accidentally deleted files on an external drive will do no good, as there are no Windows files on an external drive.
    You can set up an automatic backup to another drive, and if something is deleted, they can restore it from the backup.
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