I am using a Samsung 52X CD-Drive. Till yesterday it was working just fine but since today morning it stopped working(nothing went wrong that could lead to this). It showed a message that "Insert Cd into the drive" even when there was a CD in it. I even tried to read several other disks but no use. I tried to re-install the driver but that didn't help. The properties of the drive(in device manager) showed that the device is working properly. I've also checked the wiring which is intact. When I checked the BIOS, it was not showing any drive which usually shows it as the Secondary Master. On the other hand, when Windows is started it shows a Samsung CD Drive while detecting IDE Drives. What is the problem and can it be corrected?
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I had something simular happen like that, what I did was to shutdown and unplug it completely then restart and shutdown and connect it. It was then detected again and fixed the problem.
You said you've checked your cables, but try disconnecting and reconnecting the cables, just in case some corrosion is on the connector pins.