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Internal HD listed under Portable Devices

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    Windows 8 x64 Pro

    Internal HD listed under Portable Devices


    Why is one of my four internal hard drives listed as a Portable Device in Device Manager?


    Removing it from Portable Devices does not remove it from Disk Drives and then it all looks normal and functions normal, until I scan devices or Windows reboots.


    It also functions normal when it is listed in both spots, Disk Drives and Portable Devices, just annoys the hell out of me me that one drive is listed under Portable Devices, I want it gone from there.

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    If it is a SATA drive, it may show up like that... I think it puts them under removable so you can HotSwap. Does it show the Boot drive as this as well?
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    Windows 8 x64 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    If it is a SATA drive, it may show up like that... I think it puts them under removable so you can HotSwap. Does it show the Boot drive as this as well?
    I have 4 SATA drives, it only does this to one of them.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    All on the same bus? Is the SATA slot this is connected to, a different colour then the rest? I have a Dell Precision 370 that has one Blue Sata Slot.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I just need to add, on Both of the laptops I have had, the internal drive was always listed as a portable device. But those were both Core Duos with Intel Chipsets. Is it an Intel Controller?
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    Windows 8 x64 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I just need to add, on Both of the laptops I have had, the internal drive was always listed as a portable device. But those were both Core Duos with Intel Chipsets. Is it an Intel Controller?
    Yes it is an Intel chipset.

    Thing is if it listed all four drives then I could understand, but to just list one is strange.

    I'm really good with PCs, this one has me stumped. If I physically remove the drive, one of the other internal drives becomes this Portal Device.
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    Windows 8 x64 Pro


    Just bumping this thread.

    Found this.

    I have a partitioned SATA hard drive that shows up in Device Manager - Microsoft Community

    Exact same problem I am having.
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    Windows 8 x64 Pro


    Last bump.

    Thought someone might have some insight into this.
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