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How to Configure Two DVD-RW drives - Windows 7 PC

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  • Windows 7
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  • DVD Drives
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February 7, 2014 8:31:21 PM

Hello,

I put together a computer for my girlfriends dad and he wanted two DVD drives as he has a massive CD collection and wanted to be able to copy it/convert to .mp3 for iTunes etc. I haven't been able to get the second DVD drive to work and request advice as to how to configure them to work please.

I have tried changing the drive order in the BIOS and manually assigning the drive letters via the device manager however only the one drive ever works. My goal was to be able to insert a music CD in the top drive, a blank CD in the bottom drive and copy it with Nero or similar burning software.

Have 'man points' riding on this so any info would be appreciated. And before anyone asks, yes I have read through the forums and searched Google for a solution but have had no success.

Thanks

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February 7, 2014 8:54:38 PM

Have you tried swapping the data and power cables on the drives as a way of testing to make sure both drives are functional? You could also try swapping the data cables on the motherboard connectors to help determine if there is a faulty connection on the motherboard. Let me know if you have tried either or both of the suggestions and we can go from there.
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February 7, 2014 9:00:01 PM

Is the DVD drive you are having issues with powered on? Pressing the eject button and tray opens? The SATA cabled properly connected in the back and to the motherboard? Does your computer detect the drive in device manager? If not maybe you need to download and install the latest drivers from the manufacture of the DVD drive you are having issues with.

Make sure you did not disable the SATA port in the BIOS.
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February 9, 2014 8:00:28 AM

Hi,

Yes I have tried swapping the sata ports for the drives and also have the latest drivers. The drive shows up in device manager and my computer but if I place a cd or DVD in it (the second drive) it won't read or write to it. Is windows 7 setup to default to a single drive setup? I assumed that it would be auto detected and just work.

Thanks for the replies.
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February 9, 2014 6:30:53 PM

Windows 7, in my experience, does not default to a single drive setup. I have two drives (Blu-ray and DVD) installed on a Windows 7 machine. Forgive me if you have answered this but is it the same drive that always fails to recognize (read) a disc? If it is, then it is possible you have a faulty drive.
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February 20, 2014 4:10:32 AM

Hi,

Yes it is only the one drive that doesn't read or write. I've tried to burn from the top drive to the bottom drive however when it comes to the burning cycle the drive bay opens up and it says insert a blank CD into drive even though there is one in there.

I guess I could try plugging the bottom drive in to the sata port by itself to see if I can rule out a faulty drive.
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a b $ Windows 7
February 20, 2014 5:33:35 AM

That might be the best thing to do. Post what you find out.
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