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How to update the driver for the NForce (Nvidia) Seraial ATA Controller for disks?

Microsoft Vista Update offered an updated driver to my "nForce" serial ATA Controller Seagate drives (2) .
I downloaded the updated driver & now see in my taskbar the icon to "safely remove hardware".
Both drives are listed.
I do not want to "remove" my drives to update the driver until I know what I'm suppose to do to update.
I have updated other hardware, but not the drivers for disks.
It is not worth my updating my drives if I "loose" them. All is running well.

What do I do to update the Serial ATA Controller?

The drivers for those drives are only less than a yr. old.
Should I bother with this update to drivers, as nothing is a negative issue with these drives.

I visited the Nvidia support site, but found no "hints" on how to update this controller driver.

I may not be able to respond for 10 days as I will be away form this PC, re. the update.
Thanks,
Jim
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willcompCommented:
I suspect you have already installed the updated driver. SATA disks showing as removable on an nVidia controller is common on XP PCs due to hot swappable capability that was not fully implemented. I know from experience such is not the case with original Vista driver.

PC I'm using dual boots XP and Vista on separate Seagate SATA hard disks. Mobo has an nForce 3-250 chipset. The 2 disks show as removable in XP but not in Vista. I have not installed any updated nVidia drivers and may not based on your experience.
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Ric TuteroCommented:
There shouldn't be any effect on your data as far as updating the controllers are concerned, but you can run complete PC backup (if available) as a precaution. But as you have said, if all is running fine, it does not appear crucial that you update the controller drivers as failed installations or corrupted driver downloads can indeed cause a big mess. I have updated my nForce controller drivers when I received the notification (around 2 months ago), too, but i had confidence in the complete PC backup/restore at that time & not much was configured (yet) so i went ahead & installed it & everything was, and still is, working just fine up to this date.

Bottom Line: you're RIGHT. it's completely optional. MS merely recommends it to avoid future conflicts. It's still all up to you but i don't see anything wrong with keeping your system the way it is. It is working fine, after all.

hope this is helpful.
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jamesg1940Author Commented:
Thank you both for the reply data.

I checked the controller(s) driver date & both drives indicate the downloaded driver 7/2/07 & both working properly.
So it seems that the downloaded driver did install when I re-booted.

Now to both of you: How do I remove that icon "to safely remove the hardware"?
Why is that icon requesting I remove those devices?

Thanks,
Jim
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willcompCommented:
It's not requesting that you remove the drives. The same message appears for removable drives such as flash drives and USB hard drives. Allows one to stop and safely remove the device.

There is no "fix" that I have seen. You can try reverting driver to earlier version. That should work. Otherwise, it's just an annoyance and doesn't hurt anything. I, and many others, have had to live with the same annoyance in XP for years. Just be careful which device you stop when using USB drives.
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jamesg1940Author Commented:
Thank u "Willicomp",
I'll split the points. I do use USB devices so now will have to be careful to select that drive.
I knew that the M/S download might be more than I desired; I'll hesitate on such in the future.

I still do not understand why an ATA drive should be be "removed" with the icon option.
Totally different from a USB drive or device.

Jim
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willcompCommented:
Because SATA drives have the capability to be "hot swapped" is the reason. The feature hasn't been implemented that I've seen, but the capability is there.
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jamesg1940Author Commented:
Thank you Experts,

I appreciate being tutored in the tech. aspects.

I decided I did not want the chance of "removing my drives" by error.

I restored to an earlier image, but got the BSOD, so had to do a repair
via the install disk. That went easy (no XP DOS stuff), so the OS booted OK
WITHOUT the updated drivers & that icon to remove my drives.

I try to keep the latest drivers, but usually opt for only those I know are
worth the effort & that I know how to perform the task.
In this recent case; I "goofed", but you guys were there to help.
Jim
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