Is your fixed SATA drive or C drive shown in tray in the list of Safely remove USB Mass storage device in Windows ? For many of our readers using Nvidia motherboard the answer is yes !
We have received many mails from our readers regarding this problem. This kind of problem is seen after a windows updated few weeks back which had updated for optional Nvidia drivers. After this driver update many users have seen the fixed SATA drive as removable drive.
Why is my SATA drive in list of removable drives?
Nvidia motherboards / chip-sets driver software has been enhanced to support some enhanced RAID technologies. Thus as a feature of it, the drives interprets all the SATA drives as hot-swappable drive. That is why you see fixed SATA drive in removable media list.
Lets see how you can fix this issue.
Before we talk of the fix, the important question is:
How dangerous is it to have your fixed drive in removable drives?
Well truly speaking, not very dangerous, because when you try to remove a drive which has windows installed on it, the windows will show an error saying that "The Device Generic volume cannot be stopped right now" . This means that the media will not be released as it is in use by windows. So even if you accidentally click on Safely remove C:, the windows will not let you do that, thus there is no harm.
How to fix this issue?
The simplest fix is to revert the Nvidia Driver recently installed on the computer with the windows update. You can also do a system restore to a previous date when this problem was not there.
Even if you are not able to remove it successfully from the removable list, you can safely live with it there no problem being a removable drive.