My DVD drive disappeared and reappeared XP

Nec / Nec dvd rw nd - 3520aw
July 19, 2010 at 06:52:16
Specs: Windows XP, 1.344 GHz / 511 MB
My DVD drive disappeared after I changed my dead HDD. Recently, after getting on without it, it comes up in My Computer. Now, the drive is constantly making my computer freeze and skip without much sign of relief.

So far, I have been able to relieve my computer of this plague is to calmly jostle the computer. The green light would come up, the drivers beep sound would play, and the computer would be fine again. This is tedious...especially if you are a gamer and the calm jostle takes a bit to work, and on top of that, relief is only for about 5-10 seconds unless I do it right. Should I just uninstall the drive altogether? Or is there some sort of way I can preserve the drive without destroying it. Please help, because this is a huge issue.

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July 19, 2010 at 08:23:42
"Product: Nec / Nec dvd rw nd - 3520aw"

No Nec 3520AW found.
3520A is IDE

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.

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