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Dissappearing Drives


Bridgelayer 14 761 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2016 7:58PM
I've recently done a clean install of W8 pro, installed security and scanned. Old files have been transferred using DVD RW. Since shut-down last night, when I open file explorer, there's no sign of my optical drives in the system or file folders, but they do appear in the Control Panel Device Manager ONLY!

Anyone got any notion as to where the hell they have gone, please?
Paul Morgan 20 19.5k 6 England
1 Apr 2016 8:04PM
You probably need to open disk management and configure your drives.

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Bridgelayer 14 761 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2016 8:46PM
There's only the "C" drive shown in the management, Paul. Summat's up wi't damn thing!
Paul Morgan 20 19.5k 6 England
1 Apr 2016 8:49PM
What does the bios say.
Chris_L 7 5.5k United Kingdom
1 Apr 2016 8:51PM
I think they only show up when there's a disk in?
Paul Morgan 20 19.5k 6 England
1 Apr 2016 8:51PM
Do you mean dvd drive is missing ?

If so check the cable connections and drivers (if any are needed)
Paul Morgan 20 19.5k 6 England
1 Apr 2016 8:53PM

Quote:I think they only show up when there's a disk in?


I`ve never seen that, my optical drives are always empty but they still show.

I lost mine a while ago and it turned out the sata lead had gone bad, never ever seen that before but swapping it out cured the problem.

I`d check device manager and check for a red or yellow marker against the device.
Bridgelayer 14 761 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2016 9:11AM
Right then! It's the DVD RAMS that aren't showing.

Bios - All drives are shown - 2 DVD's + 1 x Hard disk.
New Sata leads, MOBO and Hard drive. A total re-build.
Put a disc in - nothing happens. No tab comes up at the top of the screen to ask what to do with the disc when inserted - normal, I believe on W8.
Prior to shutting down, I had been copying DVD's and CD's across to my filing system with no problem.
After re-boot, no drives are shown, except for "C" and the only place I can find them are in Control Panel Device Manager.
No conflicts are showing up and Drivers are up to date.

Still scratching my head!!! Very confused, but what can you expect at my bloody age? WinkWink
Bridgelayer 14 761 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2016 10:00AM
Bloody Tecknollergy!

After 3 re-boots, 2 system restores and a bit of cursing, the DVD's are back!!!!

Would you believe it?

Thanks for the ideas.

The next project will be toughened glass for the windows! SmileSmile
Chris_L 7 5.5k United Kingdom
2 Apr 2016 2:31PM
You should upgrade to Windows 10 - It's double-glazed Tongue
Bridgelayer 14 761 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2016 4:05PM
If I upgrade to that, I'll have to get some new steel toecap boots! This damned machine will bounce back off it! GrinGrin
Paul Morgan 20 19.5k 6 England
2 Apr 2016 8:38PM
One other solution that will often work is going into device manager and deleting the drivers, when you next boot the system replaces these with fresh drivers.
Bridgelayer 14 761 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2016 9:26PM
Cheers, Paul. I'll bear that one in mind. Smile
Paul Morgan 20 19.5k 6 England
2 Apr 2016 9:30PM
If I had previously know your system had been a re-build I might have suggested that earlier Smile
Bridgelayer 14 761 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2016 9:45PM
Completely solved the problems now and all is working well. The easieest way that I found was to right click the drive and select "Pin to Quick access".

Such a lot of crap to wade through now! Ho Humm!! ! Sad

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