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SATA Drive showing up as a "Safe to remove drive" ?

Q: SATA Drive showing up as a "Safe to remove drive" ?


2 days ago I did a re install of windows becuase of hardware upgrade..

Since this new install my new SATA Drive shows up as a detachable item..Like a USB Pen drive..

Any Ideas..

Info in screenshot..
Thx for any info..

Preferred Solution: SATA Drive showing up as a "Safe to remove drive" ?

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: SATA Drive showing up as a "Safe to remove drive" ?

From your sig, you have an nforce mb. That is normal. After you install the nforce drivers, it shows as a removable drive. It is because the board supports hot swapping the drives.

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I have the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon in my system tray. One of my drives, a WD20EARS (WD Green 2TB) is listed there. I want the icon to go away since I obviously have no need to eject the drive.

How can I stop Windows from thinking it's a drive that's ejectable?

A:Internal SATA drive showing as "ejectable"

Is this a new drive recently added? Is this drive the primary drive or just for storage? Is this an internal drive or external drive? Did you follow the manufacturers directions for installing the drive if it's an internal HDD.

SATA Hard Drive - How to Install and Setup

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From my "Safely remove hardware and eject media" I get a dialog that says:

Open Devices and Printers
Ian's pc
- Eject ST320005 42A2 SCSI Disk Device
- Eject ST320005 42A2 SCSI Disk Device
All the screen shots of this dialog I've seen have the drive letter and/or the drive volume volume label, never the hardware string.

Needless to say this makes it tricky to eject the correct device...

How do I get the drive letter or label there please?


A:"Safely remove hardware" not showing drive letter/label

Could you post a screen capture of what the notification tray icon shows when you click on it?

("Print Screen" key, paste into Paint. The snipping tool won't pick that up.)

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When I insert a USB flash drive (or any USB disk drive)  in a Win 7 32bit Home Premium system, I get the insert sound and icon showing the device inserted. When I click on the icon, it shows the device and allows for the eject function. After I eject it, I do not get the "Safe to Remove Hardware" message. The icon disappears however when I pull out the drive and it indicates the removal sound. Any ideas why I am not getting the message but everything else related to insert/eject of a USB drive?I ran all the malware and antivirus scans.

A:"Safe to Remove Hardware" message not Received in Win 7 for USB Drive

Hello,Have you tried to reinstall windows 7? Does another you were referring also have 64bit version of windows 7 installed? You can first run system file checker to see if the system has any corrupted files.1.  Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. 
2.  Type the following command, and then press ENTER:
sfc  /scannow
The sfc  /scannow command scans all system files and will recover the corrupted ones. 
3. Please restart the computer and recheck the original issue.Thomas77

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This is a years-old, chronic problem that a lot of people have; but, I'm trying once again for a solution. I attach a USB flash drive, sometimes as many as three, and when I go through the disconnect procedure I get a message it is in use and I should try later or close programs that might be using it. Problem is there are no obvious programs running aside from Windows and none of the flash drives have been accessed for several hours.

Upshot: I have to shut down the computer before removal to prevent the possibility of file system damage -- and this is getting old.

This problem has persisted for years across many brands and models of computers, many operating systems, many flash drives at many locations with many users; but, I think it is the OS that is at fault because that seems to be the only common denominator.

A:Chronic "Safe to Remove" flash drive problem

I had been having the same problem with an externa; hdd.
Download Unlocker http://www.filehippo.com/download_unlocker/ - right click the drive and you will then be given the "all clear."

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Ok, so I got my Maxtor 300 Gig SATA Hard Drive and used the XP utility to create it. This is the first time I did that--I was so used to using Fdisk, I always did it that way in the past. Anyway, I'm using it as a data drive and followed the wizard in XP and ended up with a "Dynamic" volume instead of basic. I guess that's the default when you go through the wizard--I just kept clicling the "next" not even really paying attention to the choices as I usually do since I'm impatient!

Anway, I Googled and noted you need this for RAID drives and its not recognized in OS other than 2000 and XP, but is there any advantage to it? I'm not running a RAID configuration and my main OS disc is "basic". Does it matter? I can change it to basic it seems pretty easily according to MS article on it.

A:Can't change "Dynamic" to "Basic" volume on SATA drive

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My hard drive not showing in "my computer" or "Disk Management" but is showing under device manager. I got the hard drive from a friend and his dad had put a Password encryption on it. Any Ideas?

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Does anyone know how to get a 2.5" SATA External Case to show up(plugged in by usb (2.0))? Ive spent over 2 days trying to figure it out, please let me know if you know how to fix this...... below is the list of my problem & the things ive tried so far

Heres a little back ground:
I used to have a Sony Vaio computer with a Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 Hard Drive. One day the screen just went black on start up and it says "Error loading operating system" & since then ive tried
1) reinstalling Windows XP on the computer.....didn't work

2) recognizing the drive through ms dos.....didn't work

3) Opening the old computer & taking the Travelstar 5K100 hard drive & inserting it in a 2.5" Sata External Case and plugging the usb on to my current computer, it seemed like there was hope as the red light was solid red & when I felt the box, the hard drive seemed to be spinning and working shape, but still.....didn't work

4) I've went the "most popular solution" selected computer, right clicked Manage scrolled down to the left panel & clicked Disk Management, my hard drive is nowhere to be found, only my current drives in the computer so.....didn't work

4.5) I went to Device Manager right clicked all of the usb ports to make sure to turn off the power so that it would save enery or something like that, then restart...... still.....didn't work

5) I tried to find it in bios but I didn't seem to find... Read more

A:2.5" Sata Hard Drive Not Reading(or showing up) Anywhere On My Computer, please help

not seen in the bios

faulty data cable or [connection]

or drive has gone

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 cant initialize disk or unallocate, no drive letter and drive not showing in "mycomputer" please help

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How to remove the "Authenticated Users" "Create Folders" permission from the root of the C Drive via command-line?
I know this question has been asked many times before, but nothing works for us!
We tried the following:
Take ownership: I cannot take ownership using the Administrator account (local and Domain Admin accounts) of the root C:. Error Access Denied
Cuurent root C: owner is TrustedInstaller and acnnot be changed.
We cannot change or remove the Create Folders permission of the Authenticated Users of the root C: . Error Access Denied.
Drive C: is hidden via GPO, but many users can enter it from the File-Explorer and create folders in the root C:.
We do not want -for many reasons- to Block/ Prevent Access to C: via GPO.
We also tried to run cacls and/or icacls under the system-account (PSEXEC -i -s -d CMD). Error Access Denied.
icacls C:\ /deny *S-1-5-11:(NP)(AD)
Error Access Denied.
icacls C:\ /remove:g *S-1-5-11
Error Access Denied.
cacls c:\ /e /c /R "Authenticated Users"
Error Access Denied.
Also using GPO "Computer Configuration\Security Settings\Restricted Groups ..." does not work!
Now we have this issue on over 450 pc's on our network. Nothing work. Please help! How to remove the "Authenticated Users" "Create Folders" permission from the root of the C: Drive on command-line?


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Hi there,

I didn't really know how to google for this (although I did), so I didn't find anything proper and like to ask you: How do I remove the "labels" from drive types in "Computer" window? What I mean:
These labels above the different drives are really annoying, as I'm accustomed at one item after another and somehow one could change it to that view in every OS every since (XP, Vista), but now it doesn't seem to work? (I tried all the context menu items )

Any ideas? Thanks for your help in advance, much appreciated!

Kind regards

A:Remove "labels" from drive types in "Computer" window?

you can change the view a bit by using the button highlighted below - i don't know if you can remove the labels though...

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i want to know how to remove hidden files in thew usb drive or pendrive...

coz when i open the usb drive, it is blank(empty without any file) but when i scane it with my antivirus software, my software identify some files(not infected by virus) that are in the pendrive.....

from here i get to know tht there are some hidden files in my pendrive(usbport) but how to deleted it when it doesnt display when i click the drive...

help me,

A:remove hidden files in "USB drive"/ "pendrive"

The files may be tagged as hidden or system files. Assuming you are using some version of MS-Windows on your computer, there are options for Windows Explorer to hide or show certain file types. Setting the options to show all files may cause the files on the drive to appear.

I would use caution when attempting to remove files from the drive. There may be a chance the files are needed for proper operation of the drive.

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I have four hdd's on my computer and do solemnly swear I will NEVER save a created document on my C: drive. It is my system drive and used only for that purpose. However, whenever I try to "Save" or "Save As" any document or file I've created, I continually have to work (stumble?) around the default "C: My Documents" folder. Obviously I am going to save that document in its appropriate folder on another hard drive (PDF's in "PDF Files," Word documents in the "Word documents" folder etc...). I know how, and have included, the other hard drives in the libraries folder but have to always scroll past and down to get past the above default "C: My Documents" folder. (Yes, I have even changed the location (target) of the default "C: My Documents" folder, but do I really have to continually scroll around a folder I NEVER use?) It is just not practical to nest all of my other folders under the newly targeted "My Documents" folder as it would still involve more seemingly unneccessary searches and scrolling. Can't I just eliminate the C: drive completely from the libraries and just scroll directly to my (Insert hdd letter here)/PDF Files?

A:Remove C: Drive (or C: Drive "My Documents" from Libraries?

Hello Seafarer, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, you can remove any included folder you like. Including any on C:.Library - Remove a Included Folder
Just be sure to set your default save folder for the library to an included folder you want. This way you could just select to save to your Document library, and have it saved to the folder.Library - Set Save Folder
Hope this helps,

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I have a new Gateway laptop and all last week I was using it to connect to my home pc using Remote Desktop. I noticed a few times that after shutting the lid to the laptop and walking away when I would come back and open the lid the laptop would be froozen. I wonder if it was becuase I was leaving the remote desktop connection open and then the laptop would go into sleep mode and it woudnlt wake up properly?? Either way the only way I could unfreeze it was by restarting the lapt by forcing it to power down. Well, the last time it happened after I held the power button and forced a shut down when I powered it back on it said "Disk Read Error". I have yanked the drive and connected it via usb to my dekstop pc. The drive shows up in disk management but has a red circle in the top left hand corner of the partition and doesnt' show up in my computer. I put the drive back in the laptop and booted of an XP CD and choose the "repair" option. I tried to do a "MIXMBR" but got a return message that NO partition could be found. Does anyone have any ideas how I can recover from this?? I have Acronis disk director suite installed on my desktop pc and I can reconnect my laptop hard drive to the desktop pc but I don't know if it can do the job. Does anyone have any ideas I really can't afford to loose my data. Please Help.

A:SATA Laptop Hard Drive "Disk Read Error"

This thread can be closed as #1 the issues has been resolved and #2 it doesn't look like anyone will be repying anyways.

Now, in the case that someone does stumble onto this thread here is an update....
Turns out the hard drive was physically damaged (or so I'm told). Since there was sensitive data on the drive I was being extra cautious and after removing the drive and connecting to another pc and seeing the drive but not the partitions or data I didn't even try FixMBR or anythinhg else becuase I didn't want to take the chance of further damage. I took the drive to a data recovery specialst who was able (for a small fee ofcourse) to recover the data. Since the laptop is still under warranty I took it into the store I bought it and told them the sit. Tehy gave me a new hard drive on the spot and I have now restored it back to normal. Thank You all and goodnight.

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I have a customized Asus M4A875-M system with:

- Phenom quad core 9750 CPU @ 2.4GHz
- 16GB RAM
- BluRay & DVD R/W optical drives (2)
- 500W Antec power supply
- 4 disks:
= drive 0 - Vertex2 80GB SSD 2.5"
= drive 1 - Toshiba 680GB 2.5"
= drive 2 - White Label 1TB 3.5"
= drive 3 - Seagate 1TB ST31000528AS (just upgraded drive firmware to CC49 from CC45)
= Windows 7 Ultimate
= OpenSUSE tumbleweed linux
= Linux Mint 17.2
= Windows 10
= Windows 7 Home Premium
= OpenSUSE v12.2

My boot loader is grub2 with a nice custom boot menu using this background image.

The issue is the Seagate drive is listed as an "unknown device" under Windows 7 Ultimate OS (along with 3 other volumes) despite the fact it works OK when I boot Windows 7 Home Premium. Haven't gotten Windows 10 to boot yet, so don't know about that, but its just fine under all of the Linux OSs too.

I have all of these backed up using Macrium on a 3TB external USB also.

All of the UUIDs for each disk and partition (volume) are unique as reported by gparted under Linux. Having an issue with Windows 10, but I'm saving that for a separate thread.

The Seagate was showing up OK before the FW and RAM update. I may have confused the Win 7 Ultimate OS when I had to remove the CMOS battery to reset mobo, and I forget to switch the SATA ports to AHCI mode. Win 7 Ult. booted up, but many volumes weren't recognized. When I discovered and fixed the move 4 items shown as "unkno... Read more

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Hey guys, I need one of you hardware geeks to help me here. I finally bought the Maxtor DiamondMax10 hard drive. Its SATA 300 Gig with a 16 Meg Cache and NCQ. I already have a SATA WD Raptor as my main drive and trying to install this one has a data drive. I have an Asus PW5D2 Premium Board.

When I boot up, it takes a long time (about a minute) to do anything than I eventually get a "Hard disc error" and I have to hit F1 to continue. The BIOS recognizes the drive, but Windows does not. I've swapped out the cable and tried a different controller, same result. While I have like 10 hard drives laying around, they are all PATA--no SATAs to try.

I think the drive is damaged. I downloaded Maxtor's PowerMax, but its worthless--goes through some tests and the inital ones pass and later ones fail, but its the same thing on the other drive (the Raptor) and that one works fine. Tells me eventually to contact Maxtor Tech Support on both drives!

Any ideas?

A:Getting "Hard Disk Error" on second SATA data drive

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when i edit the "send to" folder in my user profile the shortcuts are not listed. i have file menu tools installed and under the send to section they don't show up either. i searched google for the location of the "send to" folder in the registry but, google is not my friend . i also searched here before posting but...
im using se7enx64 ent.

thanks to anyone who can help me pull my head out,
michael clyde

A:"send to" menu showing hard/removable drive shortcuts

Oh, this is a good one. I didn't know about this until I found it just now:

Hidden Registry Settings for the "Send To" Menu in Windows 7 - The Winhelponline Blog

Scroll down to, or use Ctrl+F to find, the NoDrivesInSendToMenu section.

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These show up randomly... every day atleast... the folders (usually a long string up numbers and letters like 8383jijf9fhdd737475) have a text file inside them and the first string of the text file says:

=== Verbose logging started: 1/24/2007 15:00:28 Build type: SHIP UNICODE 3.01.4000.2435 Calling process: C:\WINDOWS\system32\msiexec.exe ===Click to expand...

Here's the beginning what each file contains...

=== Verbose logging started: 1/24/2007 15:00:28 Build type: SHIP UNICODE 3.01.4000.2435 Calling process: C:\WINDOWS\system32\msiexec.exe ===
MSI (c) (2C:24) [15:00:28:436]: Resetting cached policy values
MSI (c) (2C:24) [15:00:28:436]: Machine policy value 'Debug' is 0
MSI (c) (2C:24) [15:00:28:436]: ******* RunEngine:
******* Product: c:\33d001fda31e0801aef0c93c\msxml.msi
******* Action:
******* CommandLine: **********
MSI (c) (2C:24) [15:00:28:436]: Client-side and UI is none or basic: Running entire install on the server.Click to expand...

Anyone know how I can prevent these from showing up? I've been deleting them since I got the PC... wish I could just disable this... thanks.

A:Random "Verbose" text files showing up in C: drive randomly??!!

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So I have a 64GB USB Flash Drive (Centon DataStick Sport). I had not used the drive in several months until the other day when I plugged it into my computer and it asked me to reformat it. I don't know why it asked me to reformat it, but it might have been due to water damage (I had carried it in my backpack and water may have hit it. I'm not quite sure).

I reformatted the drive using NTFS file system and everything is fine aside from one thing; when I plug it in, it shows up as a "Local Drive" under "Hard Drives" like my WD 1TB drive does. I would think that it should show up under 'Devices with removable storage" but it does not.

Does anyone know why this is?


A:USB Flash Drive showing up as "Local Disk" in Windows 7

Hi SlashEmUp Welcome to Seven Forums .. Right click on the Usb Drive propertys/hardware uninstall the Driver . Then unplug the Flash Drive .. Re-Install .. See if that works

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Hey forum,

First post here, I hear this is a great place to come for Vista help so here goes...

I recently completed a new computer and am having trouble with my optical drive (Model LG GH22NS30). The funny thing is I actually installed Vista onto my main HD (also a SATA drive) using the optical drive when I first loaded the computer. The error now is that when I put a disc into the drive Vista doesn't recognize the disc and when I try to access the drive the error message, "Please Insert a disc in drive D:" shows up and the drive ejects.

The drive shows up in device manager. I've tried deleting it and rebooting to let Windows reinstall the drivers and have tried upgrading all the drivers I can find myself. Just to be sure I took the drive out and tested it on another computer and I now know the hardware is working just fine. I've seen other posts on other forums with similar problems but haven't found a solution. Here are the specs on my rig:

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz
NVIDIA GeForce 9500GT 512MB
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R (GH22NS30)... which I hope to soon have working!

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!

A:SATA problem? "Please insert disc in drive D:"

Install the SATA drivers/software for your controllers either from a download or FDD/usb floppy. Did it come with a disk?, and have you updated your system at Windows update for Windows and other pruducts?, (keep going back until it says no further updates available for your system)

It should work out of the box as long as the sata/raid controller is loaded (and it must be if Vista sees your SATA HDD). Check your BIOS setting for the optical make sure it sees it as a SATA AHCI DVD RE optical drive, and not running under IDE mode.

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Since changing to 7, I've had a really hard time cleaning infected hard drives. In fact, it's been impossible. With XP, I could connect the infected drive using a SATA/IDE-to-USB adapter, take ownership of the drive and get rid of the offending files. With
7, however, the drive isn't recognized until I initialize it which, naturally, will blow away everything on the drive. 
It's another MSoft catch-22. If I back up the data so it's safe to initialize, then I have to be able to access the data to back it up so I can initialize it, right? If I do that on the infected computer, chances are I'm backing up the virus anyway.
Same goes for old hard drives I have lying around. I'd love to see what's on them but I can't unless I first initialize them which precludes my ability to see what's on them. I don't have an IDE port on my desktop so some of these drives cannot be connected
Finally, I don't do this kind of stuff all the time anymore due to health reasons so it's not worth building a retro machine just for this purpose.
Is there not some kind of work-around for this or is another shining example of planned obsolescence? 

I'm out of my mind, please leave a message

A:Cannot "see" hard drive connected via SATA/IDE-to-USB adapter

Something must be wrong with your disks, there should not problems with connecting old sata disk with a sata-to-usb adapter.

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Greetings from me in St'go de Chile,

Finally my eBay ("China flavored") 2.5" / 3.5" Drive SATA to ATA IDE Converter Adapter HDD arrived!

Now my problems start:
In USB mode 263Gb free HDD space is shown, yet when I connect with the SATA to ATA IDE adapter BIOS shows 137.4 Gb.
Using "Paragon HDD Manager", I tried to copy the OS & data of another HDD to this new 300Gb HDD.
At first it all went well, yet about half an hour later I got error messages:
Disk I/O error.
When I try to format it: Drive not read error
And now Paragon HDD Manager does not even allow me to see the disks.
When I go back and plug in the USB front part of the new HDD, everything seems OK, just like before.
Maybe the new HDD need to have the pins (for Master, Slave etc.) assigned?
I just left them as they came and wouldn't know which ones to assign for "Master".

A:My 2.5" / 3.5" Drive SATA to ATA IDE Converter Adapter HDD arrived!!

What type of drive are you attaching, IDE or SATA? There are no jumper pins per se for SATA drives. If it is an IDE drive the jumper should be in the CS or Master position. Are you using the power adapter with the USB Adapter? If you are attaching this to a Windows computer go to Start/Run and type diskmgmt.msc and press enter. In Disk Management, what does the drive look like? You may have a 137 GB partition and the rest could be Unallocated space.

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I have a custom built HTPC with a Seagate SATA drive. Media Center halted, and Win7 would not reboot. When I attempt to reinstall Win7 it cannot find the drive (C) - "No drives were found. Click Load Driver to provide a mass storage driver for installation."

My research tells me SATA drives don't have drivers, at least that's what Seagate says.
I've changed BIOS SATA controller from "Enhanced" to "Compatible" with no effect.
Don't know what to try next. Please don?t make me go to Geek Squad J
Any help?

A:Win7 "No Drives found" SATA drive

May we get the make and model of your Motherboard?

Also the model of your SATA drive?

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I just built a new computer. Everything seems to be working fine, Windows loaded etc. THen I noticed the icon by the clock that says Safely remove hardware. It lists my C: drive. I only have the one harddrive, a SATA 160GB WD. It is plugged into SATA port 3 as 1 and 2 were hard to get at. How do I get this to list as a normal C drive? The motherboard is a
XFX nForce 680i LT SLI. DO I need to change something in the BIOS?

A:SATA C:\ drive lists as "removable disk"

Look at its properties in Device Manager. You may be able to unselect "Removable".

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"Restart to repair drive errors" keep showing up after reboot !!

it's showing again & again....how to fix this pls...
this is windows 8 not windows7

A:"Restart to repair drive errors" keep showing up

Has been showing up for weeks but don't know how to fix the problem. Also shows that backup has failed for certain files because error on C: drive. Of course it's all the files under my User folder, e.g. Documents, Pictures, etc.

Thought a clean install might fix it but I download the Upgrade Assistant and it say online install of WIndows 8 isn't available for my country even though that's how I installed it in the first place.

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My Laptop has stopped being able to read from my Cd drive, and doesnt even think its there...is their a way to fix this by myself??

A:Windows has stopped showing my Cd drive on "My Computer"

Check if it listed in your bios.

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installed a new ssd with a fresh copy win 8 on my mb sabertooth fx990 r2.0 but for some reason it showing up under safely remove hardware and eject media ....i wanna fix this been looking for a fix for past 2 days my MB is amd Ur help would greatly appreciate

A:OS Drive showing up as a "Removable" Device windows 8

When I had that problem, it was because I plugged in the SSD to a port for external hds.

Check your connection and make sure your OS shows in Dev Mgr as Port 0.

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I have a Samsung 160GB SATA drive as the boot drive. I don't have a problem with that - it works fine. The only problem is that I've tried to add a Seagate Barracuda 40GB drive on, and it's IDE/ATA100. The BIOS does not detect the drive and therefore neither does the OS. Basically, nothing is being recognized. What's going wrong?

I've got experience in putting them together and pulling them apart, but I've never come across this problem before. Got any ideas?

Things I've checked:

1) Everything's up correctly.
2) The cable isn't damaged (it's new, infact)
3) The drive isn't dead (it was working five hours ago and SMART reports didn't have any problems)

A:SATA Hard Drive with IDE "Slave"

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Hi! I bought a toaster sata enclosure and a 1.5 tb hard drive, but can't use it: the xp does not recognize it: I suspect it is not formatted.

What do I do? I called geek-squad and they want to charge 150 bucks just to format the hd... crazy, and they don't know what a toaster is...

Can you help? I have seagate disk utility cd, google lifeguard tools, etc.

the computer is acer veriton, and I have the recovery cd's and the acer system disk formatter...

Thank you.

A:How do I format a sata drive 1.5 TB to use in a "toaster"?

how does your enclosure connect to pc? usb esata... does the found new hardware wizard run when you attach it or on startup when it is attached? did enclosure come with instalation disk or does drive show up as raw or unformated in control panel/administrative tools/computer management/. If none of the above you need to either format the drive by direct connecting to mainboard or trying an already formated drive in the bay to determine if it is communicating with your pc.

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I am running Windows XP Home Edition. I had two drives working fine before I put in a new slave dirve. Before, my old slave drive was a 40g and I put in a new 160 g which will be my new slave dirve. All I did was move my files to my master so I could put in the new one.

Well I put it in and everything went Ok. Windows Xp detected it and said found new harware. Now, it just won't come up in My Computer where I use to see two drives, C: & D: I went to device manager and it says it is working properly.

How can I get it to work so I can move some of my files to the slave drive.


A:Slave Drive Not showing In "My Computer"

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I was sent a flash drive that contained files which I opened successfully yesterday. Today when I try to access the files, I get a notice that says the flach drive needs to be formatted. Will the files be removed from the drive if I proceed with formatting? Is there a way to get back to the files? Are they already erased? "Stumpee"

A:Flash drive now showing "needs to be formatted"

DON'T format (or write anything to that flash drive) will modify/possibly overwrite anything left

There are a couple freeware data recovery tools you can try. Checkout PC Inspector.

Click the Help tab and note they give the 4 steps for it to attempt to find and recover any lost files still on that drive

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Hi guys,

I've been trying to resolve this issue since I set up my new system a couple of weeks ago and so far have not been able to find any good leads as to how this happened or how to fix it.

The "it" is that my C: is showing up as a removable device in the windows task bar. I've never seen this before. I have updated all system drivers, I have updated the BIOS and I have checked all BIOS settings - nothing helps.

I have checked Intel Rapid Storage and it doesn't list the drive, which is odd. It does list my RAID1 that I have set up. The OS drive is a 120 GB Corsair Force GT SATA III and the RAID drives are a pair of WD 1 TB HDDs.

I attached pics. The shot of the Intel Rapid Storage Manager shows the RAID drives, which are correctly in Ports 0 and 1. However, it shows the rest of the ports as "empty." Two of the "empty" ports are connected to the Corsair SSD and the DVD drive but this is not represented.

When I try to use Intel Rapid Storage and hit the "rescan" command to check for new drives the system freezes. Same thing when I try "Scan for New Hardware" in the Device Manager.

Any ideas?


A:OS Drive showing up as a "Removable" Device

I wouldn't worry too much about it, I think this is a driver weirdity, as I've seen hard drives be detected by Windows (7) as a removable drive.

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When I go to "computer" the only drive icon I see is my main hard drive c:. The DVD and the SD drive
are gone. How can I restore them?

A:Drive Icons not showing up in "my computer"

Hello Trainman and welcome to Seven Forums.

Suggest you create new Restore Point at a minimum.

System Restore Point - Create

1. Open regedit. Go to:


2. Under this key, you should see "DriveIcons". Delete it and restart your computer.

3. I found this will usually solve the problem and you'll get back your default drive icons. If by some chance it doesn't work you could use the restore point you created earlier.

If you're not comfortable editing the registry you could try try to rebuild the icon cache.

Icon Cache - Rebuild

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I installed windows xp pro sp2 with the hard drive on the secondary ide and the 2 cdroms on the primary. This made the 2 cdroms D & E and the hard drive F. I need the hard drive to be C now becuase a program that I need won't install without a C drive (which I belive to be one of the lamest things ever). I tried to put the hard drive to primary and the cdroms to secondary but it is staying the same! Help!

A:The hard drive is showing as the letter "F"!

Was this install on a clean hard drive? (as in no other OS on it)

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I have fitted an extra WD SATA Hard drive 1TB for the intention to use for backing up files. The drive at first was not recognised I had to create a New Simple Volume through computer management. The new drive is displaying in computer management Disk 0 (see pic).
However, I cannot find or access the drive in "My Computer"
Any ideas please?

A:New Hard Drive Not Showing in "My Computer"

In the bottom half of the window in Disk Management you need to right click the partition and assign it a drive letter in Disk Management You seem to have given it a name with "D" at the beginning of it but that's not actually how you assign a drive letter.

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I just reformatted and installed XP and my floppy drive is not showing in "My Computer". How do I get it back? I have backup files on floppies and need to restore them.

A:Floppy Drive not showing in "My Computer"


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I'm really hoping you can help me with this, my first post.

My old hard drive was saying "operating system not found" so I installed a new hard drive and set up the old one as a second hard drive to try to recover the data off of it. I installed Windows XP on the new drive.

Although "Device Manager" shows both drives as enabled and working properly, only the new one appears under "My Computer" so I can't work out how to transfer the data. The old drive does not show up in "Disk Management" either.

Is there another step I need to take before the second drive will show in "My Computer" please?

Thanks for any help you can give.

A:Second hard drive not showing in "My Computer"

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Am I kidding myself that using Google Drive (free) is a good idea for my off-site backup? Every once in awhile I notice its system tray icon is "faded", meaning that it isn't running, probably because I lost the wireless signal on my laptop, possibly because my router seems to require resetting every week or so.

Other than that, I've had no surprises. And did I mention the price? Googling shows failures from both Google Drive and Carbonite, so why pay?

Two weeks ago, I had to reformat my C: partition and so lost the User data that was in it, but I used Ubuntu to copy it onto an external Toshiba hard drive, so, other than the inconvenience, it turned out OK. I didn't consider trying to restore from Google Drive because I felt more comfortable dragging folders onto drive C: after reformat. (I wish I HAD used Google Drive to see how restoring ALL the data would go.)

In the process I learned that Dell Data"Safe" Backup is FAR from it. Took forever to backup, no time at all to FAIL TO RESTORE. Knowing in advance that this is common--i.e., that it is NOT SAFE AT ALL--I used Ubuntu to access the folders on drive C: and copy to external drive.

(Windows backup quit working the day I installed my Seagate external drive. So I wrote my own Java backup program, which seems to work well enough. But since it's not automatic, and since I'm like most people, the backup on it when drive C: went bye-bye wasn't exactly up-to-date. Thank whoever for Ubuntu.)

A:Is Google Drive reliable? Dell Data"Safe" backup is NOT

I suppose any online backup is better than none
But it would be best used as a second or third alternative and not as primary
Mostly the download time would be a deal breaker as you found moving folders is much faster
Or restoring from a local hdd with a system image on it.

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without a complete reinstall:

Quote from Fred Langa:
"Moving The Operating System To The New Drive
There are several ways to move the operating system to a new drive. But because I'm a fan of drive imaging, my preferred method for setting up the operating system on a new drive is this:

Still running the operating system on the old drive, I enter the Device Manager and uninstall the current entries under "Disk Drives." This in effect makes Windows "forget" what drives it's currently using. I then reboot to my disk imaging tool and create an image of the "no disks configured" version of Windows residing on the old drive. I then restore this image onto what will become the C: partition on the new drive. This whole process is measured in minutes, not hours, and gets a complete clone of the old Windows set up onto the new drive, with all the software and user files intact and ready to pick up from where they left off."

Quoted from Fred Langa


He glosses over this part of the instructions expecting all his readers to understand this
critical piece. I believe that just this one paragraph would qualify as a complete article.

Anyone care to point me to an article that explains these steps?

I'm using Norton Partition Magic 8.0 and Acronis True Image 9

And maybe I'm not posting this in the right forum?

A:Replacing "Old" Primary w/new Drive/Making "Old" Drive The Slave

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Hi All,

I have a DVR that uses a 3.5" HDD. The HDD is having reliability problems and I have a spare 2.5" (laptop) HDD that I could use.

Anyone know where I can get a cable-adapter that will plug into the 3.5" MOBO socket (power and data) on the DVR and then accept a 2.5" drive (power and data) plugged in at the other end?


A:Solved: 2.5" SATA into a 3.5" drive bay - possible?

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Hi - I have a home-built PC (Asus A8NE, Athlon 64) running three hard drives:
* C: drive is a MAXTOR 160GB IDE drive is the Boot drive;
* D: drive is a Seagate barracuda 60GB IDE drive,
* I have recently added a SATA 300GB drive, which, when it feels so inclined, shows up as the F: Drive. (E Being an optical drive)

This is the issue: it doesn't always show up. I can "remind it" to appear by going into bios at start up and looking at the hard drive configuration (it is always there in the BIOS, and seemingly be simply looking at it it reminds windows to load it; but if I don't access the bios at boot up, it usually forgets to include it.

I have been into the disk management utility to rescan and refresh, and this doesn't seem to make any difference - the only way I can "jog XP's memory" is by actually looking into the BIOS.

The only thing I can think which might have a bearing on this is that I have set up the SATA drive as a shared drive for a newly acquired IMAC ( I keep all my pictures and Itunes on the SATA drive for this very reason).

This isn't a huge problem - more of a pain, really. I suspect I'm doing (or not doing) something really obvious - I'm a dabbler and a fiddler with PCs, not someone who really understands them per se - but would appreciate the consideration an expert!


A:SATA drive "disappears" in XP

Ideas :

Have you installed manufacturers SATA driver, or are you leaving it to the XP built-in driver?
Try moving the optical drive to say W:, so your SATA drive becomes E:
Try disconnecting your 2nd IDE drive for a few days, see if XP consistently recognises SATA then
Try turning off sharing of the SATA drive similarly to check consistency

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My drive doesn't show up in "My Computer". When I go in to Device Manager there is no listing for DVD/CD-ROM drives. But when I "scan for hardware changes" it shows up. I'm using a HP dv9815nr laptop with Vista Ultimate 64-bit and the drive is listed under Device Manager as a TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L632N ATA Device. I don't know if its a driver issue or something else. I've tried to update the driver, but it says its up to date. The problem started a few days ago after I hooked up a new WD My Book Essential 1TB external hard drive. After reading other posts regarding CD/DVD drives I disconnected the drive and uninstalled the software that came with the hard drive and restarted the laptop. Unfortunately my CD/DVD drive still didn't show up and I had to go into Device Manager and rescan for hardware changes. The drive does work after I rescan, I've burned a couple CD's and played a DVD. Its more annoying than anything else, but I have a sneaking suspicion this might become a permanent or larger problem. I'd appreciate any help (keeping in mind I'm not that computer savvy). Thanx.

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When I go to "my computer" I only have "c drive" there.
I want to burn a disc and also watch dvd's on the laptop but when I put a disc in nothing happens.

I have already tried numerous things including uninstalling the dvd drive in my "manage devices" when i right click my computer but an error box pops up and tells me I must contact my manufacturer for assisitance with this.

Can anyone help me please??

Thanks - Dave.


Do you see the device in the BIOS? Does it appear when in safe mode?

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Hi all , First I must give my thanks to JOHN WILLS for his terrific help in the thread below, it had been closed but his trick worked a treat . I just had to say THANKS!!

Regards Ozzie


A:DVD drive not showing on "my computer"

One of the common problems in Windows 7 is about the DVD drive which is not being detected on windows. The DVD drive sometimes appears but is not functioning properly. Here are the things you can try.

1 Check if the CD/DVD drive is detected on BIOS.
If the drive shows in BIOS, go to step 2.

If the drive doesn’t show in BIOS, open the chassis and secure the connection of the CD/DVD drive Data and Power connection.

2.If the drive shows in BIOS, go to Device Manager and check the driver status.
If the driver shows red X mark, simply right click on it then Enable.

If the driver shows normally or shows an error, update or uninstall and reinstall the CD/DVD driver.

If the driver appears with a yellow exclamation mark (!), right click on it and check device properties. IF it shows error 10, 19, 31, 39 or 41, it indicates a conflict with the previous burning software.

Upper and Lower filters need to be removed. Go to search then type Regedit. Follow the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control > Class > 4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318. Locate the UpperFilters and/or LowerFilters at the right pane then delete it

Restart the computer and test the Drive.

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Re: cloned a 80G HDD to a 128G USB Flash stick
Nov 29, 2014

this link helped me:


----- Original Message -----
From: Andy
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2014 6:16 PM
Subject: cloned a 80G HDD to a 128G USB Flash stick

hi all,

happy holidays, etc.

this is an old issue, yet i am still working on it

in July 2013; I cloned my 80G HDD onto a 128G USB Flash stick

in Sept. 2013; I had a data loss...

so, I thought to recover my data using this 128G clone...

I put this 128G Flash stick into my computer, and it showed up as a Local drive, yet was inaccessible and with its LED flashing incessantly...
{this was after, I treated this 128G USB flash stick as if it were a whole computer, and I then attempted to use/misused Win Vista's EasyTransfer program in a failed attempt to restore my lost data :(}

I later ran CHKDSK /f /r on it, and Chkdsk repaired and/or deleted about 7 "attributes" files

after which, this 128G Flash, only shows up as a Removable Storage(not Local) drive.. and remains locked/data inaccessible yet without the flashing LED

the USB drive, when I clicked on it in My Computer, would give the/an error message "Insert drive into H: drive"... Insert? a drive? into my tiny USB drive? which isn't even a CD or DVD drive? ... I tried all the fre... Read more

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I've just burned a Data DVD with Nero Burning Rom 11, it's the first burn I've done on Windows 7 since upgrading.

When it was finished and I went into the disc, it had items on the disc, but under it it had "Files ready to be written to disc", with a configuration file called desktop...

How can I remove this option?

A:Remove "Files ready to be written to disc" from Optical drive?

Xirix mate some system specs would be handy and a pic of that window.
System Info - See Your System Specs

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