Solved DVD-RW showing up as 'removeable' in windows 7

July 8, 2013 at 20:14:54
Specs: Windows 7
hey everyone.

I recently had a virus and cleaned it out with combofix... in the past i had turned off certain programs that were installed to load up with msconfig... and in my attempt to figure out what was wrong with my comp i turned everything back on with msconfig.

after combofix did its thing i still have all the msconfig options turned out, and everything seems ok, but i have one small problem. my internal laptop dvd-rw is being read as 'removable' and is only showing up in windows 7 when i insert a dvd or cd. works totally fine, but its just a small annoyance i'd like to fix.

what would you guys recommend?


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#1
July 8, 2013 at 20:23:57
Removable seems right for a DVD Drive. It is the media that is removable, not the device itself.

Stuart


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#2
July 8, 2013 at 20:29:26
i appreciate the quick response!

the thing thats bothering me is that that drive would always show up whether or not i had media in it before...

AND, more annoyingly, in windows explorer under 'computer' on the side there is no mention of the dvd-rw until i pop media in.. that shouldn't happen should it?


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#3
July 8, 2013 at 21:09:41
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That is normal behaviour for Windows 7. Check in Computer Management, the DVD drive should appear there with No Media as the description.

Stuart


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#4
July 9, 2013 at 01:25:12
"and is only showing up in windows 7 when i insert a dvd or cd"
That also is normal in W7.

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#5
July 9, 2013 at 04:24:21
Johnw & Stuart, i apprecate your replies... its just freaky because i'm almost POSITIVE it showed up under 'computer' on the side with or without media in it.

is there option, some setting to have it always on the side with or without media in it?

thanks :)


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#6
July 9, 2013 at 04:39:35

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#7
July 9, 2013 at 04:45:38
Contrary to the replies you got, I don't believe it to be "normal behavior".
Your DVD drive should show up whether a disc is present or not.
Check with your motherboard manufacturer's website and download the latest chipset.

"I'm tired. But then again I'm so hungry I can't sleep. But what's the point of eating if your sleepy?" - Sniff, The Moomins.


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#8
July 9, 2013 at 04:49:34
I just googled for a screenshot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:W...


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#9
July 9, 2013 at 04:52:25
My apologies.

I wasn't aware of the fact that he was talking about the sidebar.
It's true. Sidebar won't show the DVD drive... but when you open "Computer" you should see it.

"I'm tired. But then again I'm so hungry I can't sleep. But what's the point of eating if your sleepy?" - Sniff, The Moomins.


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