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My HDD is showing up as a "Removable Disk Drive"

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January 16, 2014 11:02:51 PM

hey all.
one of my 2tb HDD started showing up as a "Removable Disk Drive"
ive reformatted the hard drive (and computer today) it but it still comes up in the task bar under the "safely remove hardware and Eject Media"
the hard drive in question is a WD20EARX (full name in Device Manager WDC WD20 EZRX-00DCB0 SCSI Disk Device) and the Location is: Bus Number 0, Target Id 1, LUN 0 (i dont know if that will help)
my motherboard is a
ive been running win 7 for a long time now and its just started doing this lately, i just finished the fresh install of win 7 hoping that would of fixed it but its still showing
its displayed in "Devices and Printers" but i can also find it in "Disk Management"
i just cant think of anything else. ive even uninstalled and shut down th pc ad re installed, but to no avail

- gigabyte Z77X-UP7
- i7 3770k
- trident x 16gb ram
- GeForce 660ti
- Corsair neutron Gtx 240gb ssd
- WD Green 1tb WD10EARS
- WD Green 2tb WD20EARX

Thanks for your help

Matt


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a b G Storage
January 16, 2014 11:41:10 PM

It means that your motherboard supports hot swapping of hard drives. You can disable the AHCI feature on your motherboard and it should disappear.
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January 16, 2014 11:59:42 PM

james77 said:
It means that your motherboard supports hot swapping of hard drives. You can disable the AHCI feature on your motherboard and it should disappear.


thanks James
is it possible to keep AHCI on as i have an ssd but turn off the hotswap?
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a b G Storage
January 17, 2014 12:06:15 AM

Karami said:
james77 said:
It means that your motherboard supports hot swapping of hard drives. You can disable the AHCI feature on your motherboard and it should disappear.


thanks James
is it possible to keep AHCI on as i have an ssd but turn off the hotswap?


Hmm... you could try going into bios and change your HDD settings from AHCI to IDE.
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January 17, 2014 12:18:53 AM

james77 said:
Karami said:
james77 said:
It means that your motherboard supports hot swapping of hard drives. You can disable the AHCI feature on your motherboard and it should disappear.


thanks James
is it possible to keep AHCI on as i have an ssd but turn off the hotswap?


Hmm... you could try going into bios and change your HDD settings from AHCI to IDE.


i read somewhere crazy that if i install windows while in AHCI then go back to IDE it will stuff up something, is this true or just a myth?
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January 17, 2014 12:24:30 AM

also why are two hard drives in a location (0&1) and the other is all over the place?
- Corsair neutron Gtx 240gb ssd - Location 0
- WD Green 1tb WD10EARS - Location 1
- WD Green 2tb WD20EARX - Location Bus Number 0, Target Id 1, LUN 0
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January 17, 2014 1:15:43 AM

Fixed it.
i uninstalled the HDD and shutdown the pc, then pluged the HDD into another SATA Port, turned on PC, installed the drivers and it is now working fine.

HDD now shows a Location of #2

thanks for your help James
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