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DVD and DVD-RW drives have disappeared!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Jeff Lynne, 16 Sep 2009.

  1. Jeff Lynne

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    As per title really, when I open My Computer neither icon are there? I'm running Vista SP2.

    How can I get them back??
     
  2. 5abr3

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    First thing is to check the data and power cables are connected!

    How old is the system and is it a custom build or a manufactured computer?
     
  3. sketch145

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    Are they still showing up in device manager if not, you could check the connections inside the case (perhaps try the cables in different SATA/IDE ports) and/or download up to date drivers for your model of drive and install them and see if that helps at all.

    edit: beaten to it :D
     
  4. Jeff Lynne

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    It's not a custom build, I've not been inside the box so surely they shouldn't disconnect?

    I'm just thinking this is a software rather than hardware issue.
     
  5. Kennysevenfold

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    Unplug them (power and data) boot up.

    Shut down and reconnect them.

    See if they are now detected in the bios.
     
  6. Jeff Lynne

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    Odd, in the device manager it says
    But I've not altered anything.
     
  7. 5abr3

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    Looks like windows has been upset by something... You don't happen to have a registry backup from CCleaner or similar do you?
     
  8. Kennysevenfold

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    System restore.?
     
  9. Jeff Lynne

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    No :(

    Is a system restore painful? I've only ever done one with XP.
     
  10. Kennysevenfold

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    Not at all, should only take a few minutes, wont do any harm so worth a go :)
     
  11. Jeff Lynne

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    That just rolls back to a previous point before I installed a program doesn't it? I first noticed this issue about a week ago when I tried to install some camera software from a cd-rom, so restoring back to yesterday won't help I shouldn't think.