I am using a Dell latitude 6420 which has a removable hard drive that can be inserted into the side of the unit (where the cdrom drive goes, after removing the cdrom drive). It has a Hitachi HTS545050A7E380 ATA drive inside of it. When I insert this drive module Windows does not make the "inserted device noise" nor does it mount the drive automatically. However, USB keys mount fine, so do CD rom devices. In order to mount this device I have to go to device manager and do "scan for hardware changes." Only then does the drive show up. How can I make windows automatically mount this device, or in what ways can I work around this issue (shortcut to script on desktop to mount it, etc.)d
I am not sure about this particular laptop, but I do remember working with older Dells and having similar issues. The problem is that the device may be USB + some Dell proprietary hardware. In order to hot-swap these devices, there was a utility that you had to download from the website that ran as a service to allow Windows to recognize the changes.