Disappearing and reappearing D: Drive

Microsoft Windows 7 professional w/ serv...
July 4, 2013 at 11:01:48
Specs: Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, 8 GB RAM
Hey, got a new laptop with a new operating system and new problems.

This might have been going on since I got it, but I have no clue as I only noticed it two days ago. Also, I can't say how long it takes before it happens.

The laptop will be on for awhile, and at some point, the D: drive disappears from the My Computer window - in fact, the entire "devices with removable storage" part disappears, possibly since D: is the only thing in that category.

When I restart, D: is back.

I tried going into the folder options and unchecking the "Hide empty drives in the Computer folder", but it still disappeared.

I can't restore to before this happened, as it apparently has a thing against restore points as well.

I read that if I put a disk in the drive, D: should reappear, but it didn't. I tried more than one disk, both CD and DVD, and it didn't make a difference. After the restart, D: works fine again.

Does anyone have any hints, or should I just suck it up and deal? I'll admit I freaked out the first time, but now that I know it comes back it's annoying but not quite as bit a deal...I hope.


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#1
July 4, 2013 at 11:40:04
What is D:? Is it the CD/DVD drive? A partition on the main hard drive? Or a separate hard drive?

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#2
July 4, 2013 at 11:58:08
D: is the CD/DVD drive, the one that came in the laptop.

I'm starting to suspect that it's the laptop going to sleep that triggers it, but I'm not sure. So far it's still there, but it hasn't gone to sleep yet either. It's been on for an hour at this point.


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#3
July 4, 2013 at 20:23:23
Then goto the control panel and under power option see what the setting of the plan selected are for the hard disk, sleep etc.

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#4
July 4, 2013 at 20:24:07
There's an old habit.......from programming in days of old I still write go to as 1 word;)

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#5
July 5, 2013 at 05:42:43
It's possible the drive is bad..If it's a new laptop, it should be covered under Warranty. Contact the Tech Support of the manufacturer.

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#6
July 6, 2013 at 15:42:56
Okay, so under the power settings, it was supposed to sleep after 10 minutes on battery and 20 on AC - I changed it to 20 on battery and 45 on AC. It seems like, if it's asleep shortly, it doesn't disappear, but if it's asleep longer it does. I haven't tested it to see, as I haven't been home and using it long enough the last few days to check. But I did see that it didn't disappear the last time I used it, when it didn't sleep.

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