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Windows 7: dvd drive disappeared!

08 Mar 2010   #1
Dayquil

Windows 7
 
 
dvd drive disappeared!

Not quite sure what happened, but the other day, i turned off my computer for whatever reason, i dont remember, and when i turned it back on, my dvd-drive is "missing"!

its a fairly old, pioneer a09xlc dvd-rw drive, and its getting power, but something with the sata cable, im assuming, is the problem. its not showing up anywhere on the computer nor is it in BIOS.

i have tried looking for drivers, but cant find anything and the ones ive tried, wont work because the drive "isnt there".

please, any help would be greatly appreciated

/EDIT
also, since i forgot, its an IDE drive, but i have an IDE - sata converter on it that hasnt been moved or changed recently


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08 Mar 2010   #2
whest

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium
 
 

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08 Mar 2010   #3
Dragonfly

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 & 64 -(Boot Camped Snow Leopard on a Mac Mini)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dayquil View Post
also, since i forgot, its an IDE drive, but i have an IDE - sata converter on it that hasnt been moved or changed recently
Bad connection at one end of the SATA cable, I'm guessing. Any reason why you wouldn't just connect it as an IDE drive? I suspect your problem would be gone if you did.
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08 Mar 2010   #4
Dayquil

Windows 7
 
 

whest - i tried a bunch of those and nothing worked. keeps saying no optical drive is connected, make sure its plugged in etc etc

dragonfly - i dont have an IDE port on my mobo, but im going to check again bc ive been known to miss stupid little things like that before
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08 Mar 2010   #5
Dayquil

Windows 7
 
 

well its not the sata cable. i tried a different cable, i switched out a hd sata for the dvd drive cable, tried different sata ports, still BIOS says no-no to the dvd-drive

the only solution i can come up with, that makes the most sense, is that the IDE - SATA converter decided to crap out on me. if anyone can think of a different solution, im all ears
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08 Mar 2010   #6
Dragonfly

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 & 64 -(Boot Camped Snow Leopard on a Mac Mini)
 
 

Could be a dead drive, too. You said it was fairly old. I've got a stack of about five optical drives that have died on me over the years. The don't last forever.

I'd suggest spending $25 (including shipping) and buying a new SATA drive.
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08 Mar 2010   #7
Dayquil

Windows 7
 
 

yeah, thats what its lookin like the only option is. i appreciate the help though
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08 Mar 2010   #8
whest

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium
 
 

Id try it on a mates computer or go with the sata converter being at fault, and try again, depends on affordability to I guess, and doesnt sound as though you would like the idea of not being 100% sure.
Download your manual and see if it has an ide port it should have
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08 Mar 2010   #9
whest

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