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Troublesome icon

by TONI H / March 4, 2007 2:14 AM PST

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

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?


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I have a similar problem. . .
by Coryphaeus / March 4, 2007 3:26 AM PST
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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??

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by TONI H / March 4, 2007 3:45 AM PST

can you change a SATA drive to IDE? Never heard of such a thing.

My XP Pro has three SATA drives with two IDE hdds and two IDE dvd drives and never had this issue. Is this unique to XP Home?


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Not sure that is what Wayne meant
by Ray Harinec / March 4, 2007 4:21 AM PST
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However, There are some BIOSes that have the SATA drives as part of the mobo's basic chipset and also have another chip to provide more.

In one Abit mobo I remember that the SATA ports from the basic chispset, could be installed in the BIOS as IDE [numbered after the PATA's ] and clearly only allows as Master [we know why]. What that does is have the drive show on the IDE portion of the boot screen rather than showing on a subsequent chip's boot screen.

On the boot screen the correct part number for the SATA is shown, and is obviously running as a SATA.

That can be consusing as all get out.

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Side note: remember that
by Ray Harinec / March 4, 2007 4:22 AM PST

a SATA drive, is, IN FACT, an IDE drive.

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They are also ATA drives.
by Ray Harinec / March 4, 2007 4:24 AM PST

ATA 7 and up include SATA as part of the spec.

Twould be nice if I would think of these thinks so they are put into one reply. LOL

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