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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by EDDIE138301, Feb 2, 2005.

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  1. EDDIE138301

    EDDIE138301 Thread Starter

    Feb 2, 2005
    The last few days, my cd drive is not being reconized on the "my system". I go to my system and I see the floppy disic drive, but I donot see the cd rom drive. I have roxio software and I cannot burn any cd or put any cd in the drive. I have taken the drive out and put back in, and it worked for a day. What is erasing the cd rom information in the system? I have windows xp.
  2. rmay635703


    Nov 7, 2002
    Typically a dissappearing CD-ROm drive means the drive electronics is on its way out, usually not a software issue.
    (your cd-rom information isn't erasing, your cd-rom is just not initiallizing when you turn your system on)

    But every once and a while its something else.

    A few inexpensive / free things you might try are

    1. Using the drive as a slave on a different cable
    / Using the drive as a master on its own cable
    (depending on your situation)

    2. Trying a new IDE cable

    3. Trying a different power plug on the inside (some older machines have loose PSU connectors)

    More than likely you will end up needing a new drive in the future, but you might luck out and it may be something as simple as needing a new cable, you never know.

    Good Luck
  3. JustMe2


    May 31, 2001
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    Have you also ran a virus check? We just had a machine brought in the shop today that was so full of infected files, the cd-rom had disappeared. Had to do a format and re-install on it, but the cd-rom was once again visible and usable.
    Just a thought. :)
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