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Old 02-03-2008, 11:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just built a new computer and for some reason windows seems to think that all my sata drives (2 hdds and i optical - all sata) are removable drives.

I don't think this is normal and would like to make sure this isn't affecting performance.

I also think that my second hard drive is somehow slowing down my computer.

Here are my specs:

mobo: gigabyte m57sli-s4
hdd1: seagate 320gb SATA (boot)
hdd2: western digital 500gb SATA
optical drive: samsung dvd burner SATA

for some reason it feels like windows is way faster when only the seagate drive is enabled.

thanks in advance.


*EDIT sorry they are not recognized as removable. But they all ARE listed under the "safely remove hardware" icon on the taskbar. I would like not to see them there...it's just annoying. But I am still worried about the possible effect on performance caused by the second drive.

Can someone suggest some software to test the performace of the drives?
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Default Re: Internal Hard Drive being recognized as removable..XP

its normal, its a glitch that XP sees SATA drives as removable.
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It's a nvidia glitch.
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It's a nvidia glitch.

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Sata drives are hot swappable, and sometimes are seen as removable drives. Luckily i dont have this issue on my machine, but i have seen others have it. Its nothing to worry about.
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