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The never ending disappearing CD-ROM drive

  1. #11

    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Odd. You might also change the power and data cables for the DVD drive to rule them out.
    I actually tried those before, still the issue persists. It is odd though as I've never seen or had an issue where Windows simply dumps a drive on a consistent basis.

    Anyway I ordered a new drive (Blu-Ray) as I've been meaning to add one to my system anyway. I'm seriously now thinking the current drive went belly up since it also freezes the system when it can actually be seen by Windows and I go to use it. My replacement drive I was going to use is bad as well but I kind of knew that. BTW all these premature death drives just happen to be Lite-On so that's a bit weird.

    Hopefully this new LG drive works out tomorrow when it arrives. If I still have issues, than I'm definitely doing a Repair Install, and if necessary, an OS reinstall.

    Until then.


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  2. #12

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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Well I...

    • Installed a new drive (Blu-Ray)
    • Replaced both power connector and SATA cables
    • Did a Repair Install

    and still, the drive kept disappearing. In the end I did a clean install of the OS, and, thus far, this seems to have solved the issue.

    Thanks Shawn, topgundcp

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  3. #13

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Great news. At least you have some spare drives now.
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  4. #14

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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Yeah, but I'm honestly not so sure the old wasn't problematic as well. I'll know when I use it in another build I'm doing.

    Anyway the good thing, in addition to my issue being solved, is I also got my Blu-Ray drive I've been wanting to get anyway. Just didn't plan on getting it so soon

    Again, thanks a lot for your help
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  5. #15

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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64

    I assumed that you did not do what I suggested earlier before reinstalling Windows. In the past, I fixed my friend laptop with the same symptom as yours. Apparently, something in the registry got hosed up and the program did fix the problem.
    Well, I am glad you got it sorted.
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  6. #16

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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Well, I honestly thought it was a drive fault; but when the replacement drive did the same, and the repair install didn't work, I just figured a clean start was in order. Also, I did say I was leery of 3rd party tweak programs. Sorry

    I do however thank you for your suggestion, and look forward to more if the need arises.

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  7. #17

    Posts : 1,536
    Win 8.1 Update x64

    Good thread and great suggestions
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