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Windows 7: Empty cd.dvd drives don't show in WExplorer

14 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64 home premium
Empty cd.dvd drives don't show in WExplorer

This is a fresh install of Win7/64 after a HD crash requiring a new C:\ drive (for OS and programs). I opted for an Intel X25-M 80 GB SSD in place of the WD 740ADFD that failed.

I don't see my cd/dvd drives in Windows Explorer unless I put a disc in them and somehow prompt the system to look for it. This did not occur in my previous install of W7/64 on the Raptor. All the drives showed up in that installation. I don't understand the difference.

The media drives don't show up in Disk Management window but they do show up in the lower window and also show up in Device Manager. The K drive below is one of the drives from the internal card reader. They don't show up in WE either.

I have two sata drives (C and D) and the E drive is IDE. The two missing dvd drives are both internal sata drives.

I checked folder options and removed the check from hide empty drives, but no change.

Any suggestions?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 home premium

Here's another pic of Windows Explorer which illustrates the issue a bit better. Note in the right pane all the drives are listed. Yet in the left pane, the removable drives do not show.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Empty cd.dvd drives don't show in WExplorer

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