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Now my secondary drive shows as non-removable. (AHCI mode is set in BIOS). So, I need to make it removable.

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see if the answer to this related question answers your question. –  quack quixote Apr 23 '10 at 7:16
    
@quack - the link in that answer appears to be broken now. –  Shevek Apr 23 '10 at 11:45
    
I've found a possible alternate link and added as comment to that answer –  Shevek Apr 23 '10 at 11:47
    
@quack - no, that approach is for USB drives only. –  skevar7 Apr 23 '10 at 13:13

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This program, called HotSwap will enable hot swapping for SATA drives in Windows.

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I am using it for my JMB363-based controllers, works flawlessly. OP has not revealed hardware details, it's still a nice suggestion though, so +1. OP: Reading linked page before using is recommended to get a grasp what it is doing. In short, it's workaround for crippled drivers. But watch out, theoretically you may have crippled hardware, i.e. not supporting hot plug capability. If your controller is not listed on the page, you should google for possible stories of other users having it before trying to hotswap via it. Checking controller's datasheet can also be helpful. –  przemoc May 5 '11 at 22:21

You could insert the drive in an external enclosure and connect it on Firewire, USB2 or USB3.

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