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Windows 7: DVD drive disappears

03 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 HP x64 SP1
 
 
DVD drive disappears

Hi. My Sony Optiarc DVD drive keeps disappearing from 'Devices with Removable Storage'. Sometimes I look and it's reappeared including whatever disc is in it, but then after a while it vanishes again. The drive physically works, flashing light comes on when disc is inserted, opens and closes fine. If I open and close the drive with a disc still in it, the light flashes to say it's loading it but it still doesn't appear on screen under Computer//Devices with Removable Storage. Some windows corruption?

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03 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

The standard fixes for this are:
Let us know whether you still need help after running those.
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03 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 HP x64 SP1
 
 

Thanks for the links. I just got this though

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03 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 HP x64 SP1
 
 

Could it be a loose physical connector, like the sata?
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03 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

It could. Have you checked all your connections? It could also be a bad cable, or even the connectors themselves on the drive or motherboard.

Avoid Static Damage to Your PC when checking the connection and connectors.
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08 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 HP x64 SP1
 
 

Well I dusted out the pc today. All connections were fine which kind of disappointed me as I was hoping to find the sata connector loose for an easy fix. Anyway, I blew and brushed out the sata connectors at both ends and the sockets. So far, that seems to have fixed it. The DVD drive is visible and not disappearing. Must have been dust or perhaps the connectors needed a nano of a millimetre further push into the sockets.
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08 Apr 2012   #7

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That's good news! Let us know how things are going in a few days. Hopefully the problem does not rear its ugly head again and the dust/reconnect fixed it.
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09 Apr 2012   #8

Windows 7 HP x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by writhziden View Post
That's good news! Let us know how things are going in a few days. Hopefully the problem does not rear its ugly head again and the dust/reconnect fixed it.
Yeah. Well, so far, still so good. I'll report back if it changes.
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09 Apr 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Awesome! Looks like it is solved.
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