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Where did my optical drives go?

By mikejones70
Dec 26, 2008
  1. I just bought a SAMSUNG sh-202 super writer so I that can burn dual layered dvds. After I unplugged the old one and plugged in this one the D: and E: drives are missing! I noticed this after roxio said that I had no drive selected. I tried all this bs with deleting registry info and installing nero but none of that crap worked. I do not know what is wrong but I will answer any questions needed to diagnose the problem. Please Help!!! This is pissing me off!
     
  2. gamingguy27

    gamingguy27 TS Enthusiast Posts: 168

    What OS are you running?

    There's a fairly common problem with Windows XP x64 that causes the IDE drives to disappear.

    IF you don't have XP,

    1. Click start

    2. Control Panel

    3. Admin Tools

    4. Computer Managment

    5. Double click "storage"

    Tell me what you see....


    Regards,

    Alex.
     
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    When you installed the new optical drive, did you set the jumper on the back on the same setting as the one you replaced, that is, master, slave or cable select?
     
  4. mikejones70

    mikejones70 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I do indeed have XP. I kept the S and M the same, even though I do not really know what that all means. I replaced my E: drive from an old dvd burner to a new dvd dl burner. I kept the wiring the same and everything. Man I really hope its just a common problem because I would be losing over 100 gigs of entertainment if I have to reinstall windows:(
     
  5. mikejones70

    mikejones70 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hold on. The jumper? Lol. Maybe I did screw up the master and slave. The only cables that were connected were the power and E-IDE interface.
     
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    The jumpers are the small plastic/metal things that bridge the jumper pins on the back of IDE drives.
     
  7. mikejones70

    mikejones70 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hmm. The old one was set as slave but the new one is set at master. Is this the issue?
     
  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    I would say so, yes.
     
  9. mikejones70

    mikejones70 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thank you mailpup! that did it.
     
  10. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Very good. You're welcome.
     
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