I lost my CD ROM drive D:/

March 18, 2011 at 06:15:30
Specs: Windows XP, 1.80GHz/ 1GB
I lost my D:/ drive? it doesn't even show up when I open "my computer" In device manager there is an yellow warning mark and the properties of my CD ROM says a service driver is disabled. I have looked all through the services and can't find problem. Help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and effort.

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March 18, 2011 at 13:36:00
Try unplugging it, reboot.

Then shut down, plug back in & reboot.

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.

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March 18, 2011 at 14:07:08
If this is on a desktop computer, remove the AC power to your case and check the data cables.

It is common to un-intentionally damage IDE data cables, especially while removing them - the 80 wire ones are more likely to be damaged. What usually happens is the cable is ripped at either edge and the wires there are either damaged or severed, often right at a connector or under it's cable clamp there, where it's hard to see - if a wire is severed but it's ends are touching, the connection is intermittent, rather than being reliable.
Another common thing is for the data cable to be separated from the connector contacts a bit after you have removed a cable - there should be no gap between the data cable and the connector - if there is press the cable against the connector to eliminate the gap.
80 wire data cables are also easily damaged at either edge if the cable is sharply creased at a fold in the cable.

Try another data cable if in doubt.

80 wire data cables must have the proper end connector connected to the mboard IDE header - usually that's blue, but in any case it's the one farther from the middle connector on a 3 connector data cable.

Check your SATA data cables. The connector on each end should "latch" into the socket on the drive and on the mboard, or on the drive controller card - it should not move when you merely brush your hand against it near the socket - if it does, mere vibration can cause a poor connection of it - use another SATA data cable that does "latch", or tape the connector in place.
(There is a slight projection or bump on one side of the outside of the connector that "latches" it into the socket - it's easily broken off or damaged)

The same thing applies for the SATA power connection.

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