RConn: Well, Windows sort-of knows that it a removable drive, because it appears on the "eject" list. I say "sort of" because it never lets me eject the drive, reporting that it is in use by a process. (It doesn't tell me what process, and I've closed just about everything.)
I'll have to try using some other external drives to see if it's a general problem or something related to this specific drive (WD Elements).
Jay, is the drive old? I have an old WD (at least 12 years old) that is not identified as removable. But I do get a tray icon from which I can get to "Safe to remove hardware". Have you any idea why my output from your BTM is not as pretty as yours?
No, it's a brand new, state-of-the-art drive. It's hard to believe that something that tiny (3" x 4") and cheap (~$60) holds 2 TB. For my CP/M bulletin board system (using an acoustic modem) back in the '80s, I paid $400 for a 40 MB hard disk.
Does Windows make a distinction between a memory stick and an external drive. Both look like drives to the user?
It turns out that this is only something I never noticed before. I just attached one of the external drives to the old machine, which is running TCMD v.19, and it also shows the drive as non-removable.