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D drive keeps disappearing!

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  1. scott7705

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    I have a recurring problem where my disk drive keeps vanishing from my system until i restart. for example: I was burning cd,s and all going fine, until i closed my media player, then put a game disk in and it wasnt coming up, when i clicked on 'my computer', there was no cd drive listed! this is a problem which happens under various circumstances, not just when i try to play game disks or burn cd's. When i restart my system the drive is always back when i reboot. I put up with it for a while, but its getting annoying now, especially as i cant seem to suss out whats causing it! Does anyone know anything about this problem? Its not a serious one i dont think, more inconvienient than anything else, going thru converting and stuff for ages then having to reboot before i can burn cd or dvd's. Also, it doesnt happen all the time, just about maybe 5 times out of ten. Very strange!:confused:
     
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    Drive, cable, or motherboard controller/port.
     
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    not sure what you mean. i explained the problem in my thread, could you be a bit more specific with your question please. i dont see the association with cable or motherboard. I'm just a learner mate. I'm a lot more savvy about software than hardware.
     
  4. jamwaky

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    Try the drive in a different machine to see if it picks it up.
    replace the cable from the mb to the drive.
    Try a different drive to see if that gets picked up.

    This will help us gain a better perspective of what the issue is.
     
  5. scott7705

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    no can do mate, its a laptop which has the problem and i aint savvy enuff to go into a laptop. And my other machine is a netbook with no disk drive. is there no logs or anything i can produce when it next happens which would help to explain it a bit better? The strange thing about it is its not a permanent loss, it works for up to a couple of days sometimes before it happens, sometimes it happens twice in a day, when it goes, it just takes a reboot to reactivate it, and when it is active it works fine!!!???!!!
     
  6. Oddba11

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    It wasn't a question. If the drive is disappearing (ie: not visible in Device Manager or Drive Management) then the cause is a faulty drive, cable, or the motherboard controller/port (or the drive is losing power).
     
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