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How do I set an eSATA drive as removable in Windows 2003?

I am building a small hard drive based backup using eSATA drives connected to an eSATA host controller. The controller works fine and recognizes the drive. But the drive is not marked as removable. Therefore I am pretty sure Windows is not going to like it when I remove that drive without notifying it. How do I mark the drive as removable so that I can safely remove the drive?
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ariusx
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Ian MeredithCommented:
Hi ariusx,

As eSATA is essentially SATA and Windows 2003 see's the HDD as an internal disk, you need to investigate the Hot Swap funtionality of your eSATA controller.

See this post           http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/244782-32-esata-plug

hope this helps,
Ian
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nobusCommented:
can this help ?
http://mysite.verizon.net/kaakoon/hotswap/index_enu.htm
http://www.addonics.com/emerging_technologies/sata_tutorial.asp   <-- here they say it's hotswappable
but as said above, check if your sata crontroller supports it.
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ariusxAuthor Commented:
Thanks. It seems dumb strange that a company would release non-hot swap software drivers for a hot swap interface. Any recommendations on a PCI-Express eSATA card that does do hot swap?
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Ian MeredithCommented:
Hi ariusx,

This company offers a plethora of SATA controller cards

http://www.addonics.com/products/host_controller/hostcont_cc.asp

At the bottom of the URL I've posted it reads - All Addonics Serial ATA Host Controllers are capable of hot swap.

I've your worried about brands, you should be able to find a suitable card from Silicon Image...

Hope this helps,
Ian
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FubschukCommented:
Download a program called "HotSwap"

http://mysite.verizon.net/kaakoon/hotswap/index_enu.htm

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