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Remove Hardware Safely Icon lists C drive and D Drive as removable disks

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January 2, 2010 10:56:24 AM

My C: Drive and D: Drive are in the Remove Hardware Safely list as being ready to safely remove.. What do i need to stop the (2) HD's from being put on this list?

The (2) HD's are WD SATA2 500 GB

OS is Vista Home Premium

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a b G Storage
January 6, 2010 6:42:37 AM

Just to be clear, these are two drives inside your computer, connected directly to your motherboard?

What's happening is that Vista assumes that both drives are removable, which is true to a certain extent because SATA ports are designed for drive hot-swapping. Go to Device Manager (type in "Device Manager" in your Start menu search box then press enter). Look under Disk Drives and you'll see both your drives listed.

For each drive:
  • Right-click on the name and select Properties
  • Go to the Policies tab
  • Make sure the drive is set for Performance, not for Quick Removal

    This should tell windows to not list the drives as being ready to safely remove. Good luck!
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    a c 415 G Storage
    January 6, 2010 8:15:39 AM

    Nope. I have three drives, including the boot drive, connected to the motherboard SATA ports that are all set to "Performance", and they're all listed when you click the "Safely Remove Device" icon.
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    January 18, 2010 8:26:50 AM

    I found this Microsoft doc and it worked for me!




    I'm using Windows 7 64bit.
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    a c 415 G Storage
    January 18, 2010 9:09:27 PM

    Excellent find, thanks for sharing it!
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    a c 365 G Storage
    January 19, 2010 1:29:43 PM

    Yeah, CCBaxter_64, thanks. I've got that one filed away for reference!
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    April 14, 2010 6:44:30 PM

    thanks for the info.. this is the first time ive ever seen this.
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