I had bought and install a new SATA Maxtor HDD in my computer and after I updaed the VIA driver (using AV8-3rd eye motherboard), I had this new icon in lower right corner, which allow me to unlug my SATA HDD like a USE device. How do I disable this feature for my SATA Driver only? (to prevent slippy finger accident).
P.S. I installed W2K on the SATA HDD.
Help! THanks in advance.
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You can hide those notifications with a registry hack, but that means that you won't be able to stop any external (e.g thumb) drives you use. You won't be able to stop it with a slip of the thumb-it always asks for confirmation, and if it's the boot drive it won't allow you to stop it anyway.
Some imbedded SATA II chipsets permit the "on the fly" disconnection/reconnection of SATA II devices. This is why you are seeing the safe to disconnect taskbar item. Even if you do click it, you have to authorize the disconnect....one of those "are you sure", "are you really sure" questions.
External SATA II devices will run much faster than the USB types, so you are given the capability to connect/disconnect by default. Mayhap it's not the best way to go, when your system drive is internal and non-removable, but thats the reason it's there.
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If you're really worried about what your brother can do to your computer, then you may want to look into various registry hacks that up the security control over your system...disable access to the "start" button, etc.
Also, learn to use the access level controls and setup separate logins and permissions, and of course establish and use a backup protocol.
As for getting rid entirely of the hot-swap capability, you may not want to do that, as there may come a time in fhe future it could be invaluable for diagnostic purposes.
I resigned myself to the fact that my SATA C drive in my newly built computer would always come up as a removable device and try not to click on it but look for my flash drive to remove, and then I bought a new Dell computer for the kids to use. I looked inside to confirm what I thought I was buying and saw the SATA hard drive. They have managed to turn of the safely remove device option on it in XP home. I am wondering if anyone knows how they did it. Is it motherboard specific?