My IBM R-40 laptop with removable DVD drive shows the same thing. Even though it's the only optical drive and it is inserted in the side, the XP-Pro system thinks it's removable like USB. It shows up in Explorer normally.
Maybe because the boot drive is IDE the system thinks the SATA drive is removable? Maybe change the drive to IDE??
When I hook up my keychain harddrive (usb) or my external hdd (usb) I get the icon about found new hardware, then the icon showing I can use that icon to safely remove the hardware. This is normal....np
However, I just put together a new system for my granddaughter (XP Home, whereas I have XP Pro), and her boot drive is IDE (40GB) with XP installed along with a 150GB SATA drive that is for program installations, My Documents, etc. and storage.
For some reason the 'safely remove hardware' icon appears by the clock 24/7 and refers to that SATA drive. I'm afraid that she will confuse it with her keychain drive that is coming with this computer and 'remove' the SATA drive without meaning to.
How can I get XP to realize the D: drive is supposed to be there all the time and is not a temporary USB device that can be removed at will and remove that icon until a removeable usb device is manually connected?