Just reformatted computer, hard drive issues

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I just reformatted my computer, reinstalled my OS and installed drivers. However, my sata HDD has become a removable device and has a safety remove icon at my systray, how do i remove it? Please help, i didnt have this icon before i reformatted. I am using an ASUS A8n SLI premium and has a nforce4 chipset. thanks.
 
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if the mobo disk came with sata drivers you can install from that or if you know the hd make/model you could see if there are any updated ones on the manufactures website.
 

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Nothing is wrong, SATA drives are removable devices according to the SATA spec. You can hide the icon, the downside is that it will be hidden for USB devices as well.

To hide the icon right click in the taskbar and click Properties. On the Taskbar tab check the box for Hide inactive icons then click Customize. Select Safely remove hardware and in the dropdown window choose Always hide.
 

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Frank4d said:
Nothing is wrong, SATA drives are removable devices according to the SATA spec. You can hide the icon, the downside is that it will be hidden for USB devices as well.

To hide the icon right click in the taskbar and click Properties. On the Taskbar tab check the box for Hide inactive icons then click Customize. Select Safely remove hardware and in the dropdown window choose Always hide.
Hmm, i see, hmm but before i reformatted, the guy who setup my computer installed everything for me and then i didnt see any icon on my systray, any idea what did he do?
 

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Assuming the hard drive and motherboard have not changed, he probably installed newer SATA drivers. Note: If you have an N-force based motherboard there is a registry tweak to make the icon go away.
 

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Frank4d said:
Assuming the hard drive and motherboard have not changed, he probably installed newer SATA drivers. Note: If you have an N-force based motherboard there is a registry tweak to make the icon go away.

uhh yeah, they havent changed. I went to my hdd manufacturer's website, Samsung and didnt find any drivers there=( Hmm the registry tweak, i know of it and tried it before but when i activated it, somehow it took like a minute or more to bootup and its stuck at the place where the bar rows horizontally with the WINDOWS word on top.
 
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Ev0lutionz said:
I just reformatted my computer, reinstalled my OS and installed drivers. However, my sata HDD has become a removable device and has a safety remove icon at my systray, how do i remove it? Please help, i didnt have this icon before i reformatted. I am using an ASUS A8n SLI premium and has a nforce4 chipset. thanks.
In your installation, did you use the F6 key to install 3rd party SCSI drivers?
 

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bbearren said:
In your installation, did you use the F6 key to install 3rd party SCSI drivers?

Nope, dont remember pressing any F6, i think infact, i had no drivers installed other than the IDE drivers installed after installing my OS. I just deleted my C drive and reformatted using NTFS and thats all i did.
 
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Ev0lutionz said:
Nope, dont remember pressing any F6, i think infact, i had no drivers installed other than the IDE drivers installed after installing my OS. I just deleted my C drive and reformatted using NTFS and thats all i did.
Does your system BIOS have an option to Enable/Disable SATA/RAID?
If it does, the default setting is most likely Disabled, and your SATA drive is running in DMA mode, not SATA.
For an easy check, go into BIOS and set SATA/RAID to Enabled; your system disk will disappear, and Windows won't boot. If that's the case, go back into BIOS and Disable SATA/RAID.
You could also check Device Manager to see if there is a listing for SCSI and RAID controllers. If there is no such listing, your HD is operating in IDE mode.
 

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uh ok i see IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers and SCSI/RAID host controllers, dont see any SATA though.. So if its running in IDE mode, how do i get it to work in SATA?
 
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