How do I make my fire wire 400 connected external 500 gb lacie hard drive show as a local drive as apposed to a removable drive on Windows XP. I wanted to use it for my surveillance system but the sorftware doesnt recognize removable drives.
Set the "optimized for performance" option instead of "optimized for quick removal"; that might solve the application refusing to use it. If you disconnect the cable though, its possible to have filesystem corruption. That's why by default its optimized for quick removal, which means disable write back mode and use write through mode.
Well one option would be to not use Firewire but use eSATA instead. You can buy a simple SATA -> eSATA backplate which just turns a few of your internal SATA ports into eSATA ports. The computer can't really know this is an external drive; because it uses the same internal interface.
So this would solve your problem, but you might need a new external casing supporting eSATA.