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Optical Drive Dillema

  1. #1

    Posts : 16
    Windows 8 Pro

    Optical Drive Dillema

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    Windows 8 only sees one Optical Drive at a time. I have two DVD drives, one is a reader the other a DVD RW. The Bios sees both drives. Windows 8 will see either one or the other but not both. They both worked fine in Windows 7. All other hardware works fine.

    One SSD drive
    One SATA 2 Hard drive
    One Rosewell Memory card reader
    One DVD ROM Drive (SATA)
    One DVD RW Drive (SATA)

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  2. #2

    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
    Posts : 3,030
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64

    Try this:
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Try this (1):

    Your CD drive or DVD drive is missing or is not recognized by Windows or other programs

    Fix problems with CD or DVD drives that can

    The CD drive or the DVD drive does not work as expected on a computer that is running Windows Vista

    Try this(2):
    1) Shut down PC.
    2) Physically disconnect the CD/DVD Drive.
    3) Reboot to Windows with NO DVD drive.
    4) Shut down PC.
    5) Physically reconnect the CD/DVD Drive.
    6) Reboot to Windows with DVD drive.
    7) Check Device status.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 16
    Windows 8 Pro

    Well that didn't work Dave76, but something else did...

    All four SATA slots are filled on my mobo. The optical drive on slot 3 wasn't being seen by Win8, but the Optical drive on slot 4 was. Had Slots 1 & 2 used by an SSD and a SATA2 Hard drive. I rearranged so slot 1 was still the SSD, slot 2 now an optical drive, slot 3 now the SATA2 hard drive, and slot 4 the second optical drive. Now everything shows up in Windows 8.

    This shouldn't work but it did, but then Windows 8 should have seen both optical drives to begin with as Windows 7 had no trouble with the original configuration.
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  4. #4

    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
    Posts : 3,030
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64

    Glad it's working.

    Might have been a loose connection.
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