External USB hard drive

How do I go about getting either WINXP or WIN10, preferably both, to show that I have an external hard drive with fixed media connected and not an external drive with removeable media connected?

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Long ago, maybe with a bit flip.
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SATA connection fix

Thanks for the reply. But I don't know of a computer with an external SATA connection. Does one exist or is attaching a SATA hard drive via a USB adapter not viable?

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I've done this with many desktops.
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he probably wants to install....

....a windows system on it, but microsoft has deliberately set their operating system to not run properly from any external drives.

He can however install any Linux OS on it and have it run just fine.

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