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Internal SATA drive showing as "ejectable"

Q: Internal SATA drive showing as "ejectable"

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?

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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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Hi..

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..
 

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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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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New Sata Disk is showing up in my "User" Folder with Documents, Pictures, Videos, etc. I installed a blank WD 1TB Sata disk for additional storage in my PC. After I began to place folders on the new drive I noticed that in my User folder (Click the Globe in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen --> go to your Name at the top of the population list --> click on your name and you're in your "User" explorer folder(s).

When I am in that folder, not only do you see Documents, Photos, Videos, Downloads and AppData, but there is also an icon of the new drive I installed there and I can't remove it. I have never noticed this before when I installed additional hard disks in other computers. What is this? Is it normal? How do I remove it?

I'm currently using Windows 7.

Thank you for any help you may have.
 

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This is strange. I am using Vista and I just noticed that my 2nd SATA HD (400GB Maxtor) has an autoplay function in it, while my 1st SATA HD doesn't. I don't think it has any viruses or anything... but it just has an autoplay function when I right click it. When I do click autoplay, just another menu pops up saying I have mixed content (like do I want to play music/video/pictures, etc)... I do have a bunch of files in the 2nd HD... like music, videos, pictures, documents, etc... maybe it's like this for Vista?

Strange, eh?
 

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Hi all,
 
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

A:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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Hey everyone,

This is my first post here, and it is because of a terrible problem I am having where one of my internal drives literally just disappears from my computer after about 15 minutes of my computer running. If I restart the computer the drive will come back but then just disappear again after like 15 minutes of use. If I pull the drive out and hook it up to a USB hard drive dock, it will show up fine there. It is just a 250gb SATA drive. The only odd thing I can think of is that I use it to store all of the personal files that are usually stored on the C:\ system drive. When I installed the OS a few years ago, I went through the steps to get my personal data off the system drive in case of a crash. I doubt that could be causing the problem because it worked fine for a long time like that? I remember having to do some weird things in the registry or something to get the users folder to point to another drive.

Here is a picture of the error message that comes up after the drive decided to not be hooked up anymore.

The problem has existed for probably close to a year now.. It got me so fed up with this desktop that I just stopped using it and started using my macbook exclusively for about a year. I am trying to start using this computer for backups since it can hold much larger (and more numerous hard drives) than the macbook could ever dream to).

Any Help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
-Sam

A:Internal Drive disappears"G:\ Refers to a location that is unavailabe"

Hello samth3mancgp. Welcome to the forum.

The first thing to check are your settings under power management. The system could be set to turn off idle hard drives.

Go to Start > Control Panel > Hardware & Sound > Power Options
For the power plan you are using > click Change Plan Settings

In the next window click Change Advanced Power Settings

In the next window, click the + sign next to Hard Disks > Click + next to "Turn Hard Disks Off After" > and change the setting to 0. It should now read Never.

Let's see if that works first.

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Hello. I am working with The 15" Inspiron 3542 laptop and when I went to turn it on this morning, an all black screen came up and this message was written in small white letters near the top,

"internal hard disk drive not found
to resolve this issue, try to reset the drive. No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 enter Setup Menu, F5 enter PSA"
Please help. Thanks,

-Brandon

A:HELP - DELL INSPIRON 3542 "Internal hard disk drive not found..."

Hi Brandon,
Welcome to the Dell Community Forum.
Turn on the system, at startup or at Dell logo tap F2 to open BIOS. In the BIOS screen, check what is listed for fixed HDD. If the HDD size is not listed, try reseating the HDD & check if it helps. Refer to the link below for the service manual.
http://bit.ly/1iFkWZz
Reply with your findings to proceed further.

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I have a problem with windows saying my 1TB WD HDD isnt there. When I boot my computer up i can see it on the boot menu, but when i log into my computer an error message pops up and says "error: core library not found", and my D: is gone. I boot off of a 64gb SSD. It also seems the problem is getting worse, earlier I could access the HDD but it would randomly disconnect sometimes, and a restart would solve the problem. Awhile after that (few hours or so) it would disconnect whenever i tried to access it. And when i rebooted I could see it again, but if I tried to access it would continue to disconnect. Now whenever I boot I can see it in the boot menu but when I get into windows I get that error message.

A:2nd internal hard drive wont appear "error: core library not found"

Have you re-seated the power & data cable to the 1TB HD ?

How does in show up in Disk Management ?

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My Dell laptop is displaying this message upon booting up. I have no idea how to start fixing it or figuring out whether it is fixable.

My dell charger is worn out, and the computer has not recognized it -- it still gets power to the computer, but the computer does not recognize it as a dell charger, and therefor I can run the computer on AC power but it cannot charge. I haven't needed to use my laptop out of my house in awhile so I haven't really worried about it, but can the fact that the battery has been totally drained for awhile (about a week, I think -- and totally drained, if I unplug the charger it turns off immediately) have something to do with it? I have it on a working charger right now trying to revive the battery, but the battery light is not on so I don't think it's even charging.

If trying to charge it doesn't help, what do I do? I can still run setup and the boot menu but I have no idea what to do when running these.
 

A:HDD Error - "Internal Hard Drive not detected"

"My dell charger is worn out, and the computer has not recognized it"...

Your post is confusing. Are you talking about the AC adapter (charger) here? If the charger isn't being recognized by the laptop, how is the charger able to power the laptop?

The laptops internal battery is probably dead. They don't last forever. What about this " HDD Error - "Internal Hard Drive not detected"...?"

This means that there is something seriously wrong with the hard drive. This hard drive stores all your data, pictures, email and Operating System
 

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Is it possible to permanently move my Application Data into my DATA folder which is located on my second (internal) hard drive? This would make backing up my programs so much easier.

Any suggestions would be very welcome!

Michael

(Windows XP Pro)

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I just installed a new internal hard drive that I called "Medusa" (the others are Apollo, Zeuss, etc. I like mythology) but the first time I restarted the computer the name and had changed to "Pendrive" and the icon is now a folder.

When I try to change the name, I get an alert that I need to give permission. I do and rename the drice Medusa again, yet after I click on the permission the name reverts to Pendrive.

When I look at the properties, the name there is Medusa, as it should be.

What is going on with this hard drive? Even my external drives do not behave like this and the otehr internals are fine too.

Thank you.

A:Internal Hard Drive name defaults to "PenDrive"

When renaming the drive did you simply right click on the drive's icon in an explorer window or go into the Disk Management tool?

If you simply right clicked on the drive's icon to rename it the change wasn't fully seen and put into effect. When right clicking on the drive in the DM however the option for labeling the volume will be seen there. Following a full restart once the drive is labeled while in the DM you shouldn't see any further problems.

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Hi, all:

Seeing this thread, being preoccupied today with work projects, and generally obsessing over the imminent arrival of my first system with dual internal drives, I must ask my next really stupid question:

How do I relocate my data from "My Documents" on the 256GB SSD OS drive on which I assume it will arrive from the factory to the other, internal, data drive (a 2 TB spinner)?

All of my previous and current systems had/have a single hard drive (either a spinner or a SSD, but not both).
So this is new for me.

This will be an OEM box, not an upgrade and not a home-built system.
I assume it will arrive from the factory with "everything" on the SSD (C:\) and "nothing" on the spinner (I guess the HDD will be D:\?).
FWIW the system will have only a single, Admin user account.

Before I get too far down a rabbit hole when it arrives later this week and before I move my "old" data from the old system to the new one, I just need to know how to make sure that I properly locate my data folders (documents, pictures, videos, etc.) on the new system's data HDD, rather than on its OS SSD.

I presume it's not as easy as a mere "drag and drop" of the "My Documents" folder from C:\ to D:\, right?
I have to somehow "point" Windoze to the new, non-default location?

I know, this is a really, really stupid question from an old geezer.

So thanks very much for your patience,

MM

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

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I have been unsuccessful in trying to print from several programs, although nothing else suspicious has been noted. The following is what happened as I tried printing from various programs:

Opera 7.50 -- Print preview simply provides no response (sometimes shuts down). Straight print attempt = shutdown w/error msg ""has encountered a problem and needs to close"

Notepad -- "Handle is invalid."

IE 6.00 -- Print preview shows, but attempt to print leads to msg "There was an internal error."

MS Word 2003 -- Print preview shows, but attempt to print leads to msg "… cannot … problem with current setup"

I'm using XP Home. Any ideas?
 

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


Code:
Open Devices and Printers
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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?

i

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 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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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 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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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:

BIOSTAR TA790GX 128M
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz
4GB DDR2 RAM
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!
-Q

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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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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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
directly.
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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Hello

My Brand new Laptop: Lenovo g505 after upgrading it to windows 8.1 from MS Apps store now i am not able to connect to internet i get "limited" or "No Internet Access". i have tried to re install the driver no luck

Lenovo support suggests to do factory rest but i dont want to go back to windows 8

Does anyone else has any other idea on how to fix this issue ?
Thank you very much

A:Windows 8.1 Wifi showing "limited" or "No Internet Access"

Try rebooting the router & modem. Usually limited connection, means that the compute has failed to communicate properly with the Wireless Access Point, or wired router connection.

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Hello,

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?

Thanks.

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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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"

Welcome
Check if it listed in your bios.

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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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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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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 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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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.



   Warning
Suggest you create new Restore Point at a minimum.

System Restore Point - Create

1. Open regedit. Go to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer

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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Hello,

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.

Carlton
 

A:Slave Drive Not showing In "My Computer"

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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 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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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?

Thanks
G

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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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"

up
 

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Hi,

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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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 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?

Thanks
 

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!

Cheers
ElectricRay
 

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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