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Windows 8.1 doesn't recognize USB DVD Drive

  1. #1

    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1

    Windows 8.1 doesn't recognize USB DVD Drive

    I have a Samsung SE-218 External DVD drive, and I cannot seem to access it in Windows 8.1 (though I have not had a chance to try it on any other computers yet, so there is always the possibility that something is wrong with the drive). Whenever I plug it in the light comes on and it will spin the disc for a bit, but nothing shows up in File Explorer or in Device Manager.

    I've tried the command prompt command noted in this thread with no luck:
    How to make empty ODD show? Registry edit?

    Any ideas?

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  2. #2

    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,374
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Hi there
    Try plugging it in BEFORE booting your system ==> check USB settings in the BIOS you might have to enable USB in Legacy mode depending on the USB drive.

    Unless the computer is REALLY OLD the BIOS should recognize it as a BOOT device too -- try booting anything from it --if you haven't got a bootable CD program download something free and simple like GPARTED and just see if the CD / DVD boots.

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  3. #3

    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1

    Oddly enough it just randomly started working when I went to start trying some stuff. No idea what happened.

    Thanks for your help.
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  4. #4

    Probably just a loosely plugged cable though. It happens sometimes.
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