|XP does not need drivers for IDE optical (CD or DVD) drives or hard drives - they are built into the operating system and are installed automatically if the drive is being detected correctly by the mboard. If the optical drive (or hard drive) is SATA, the SATA controller drivers must be installed in the operating system, or the bios Setup must have the SATA drive controller set to an IDE compatible mode. |
(If the optical drive is SCSI, you MAY need to install drivers for the SCSI drive controller.)
The most likely thing, if there's nothing wrong with the used drive, is there is a problem with the bios settings, or the connection of the drive, or the way you have the drive jumpered or set.
If this a a CD drive in a desktop computer, see Response 1 in this - most of the same things apply to optical drives:
If the drive is IDE, it is possible with some data cable connectors and hard and optical drive sockets / mboard sockets to install the connector backwards. The stripe on one side of the data cable must be on the same side of all the sockets the data cable plugs into - usually the stripe has to be on the end next to the power connector on the drive, and it has to be on the pin 1 end of the mboard socket, which is usually marked with a 1 or an arrowhead, or with some cable connectors / sockets, they can have the stripe on the side opposite that as well, for all the connections.
E.g. many 40 wire data cables, ATA 66 80 wire data cables, often have connectors that can be plugged in either way.
If an optical drive is by itself on an IDE data cable, a 40 wire data cable can be used with any CD or CD burner drive, or any DVD-rom drive, or any DVD burner drive that has a DVD-R or DVD+R rating of less than 16 X .