DVD drive suddenly not recognized in Win7

I had this problem with an older DVD RW Drive and I replaced it thinking it was the drive, BUT now it's happening with a drive I just bought back in August - it's been working fine up until now...

I have Win 7. I was burning a DVD, and right after it finished, the drive stopped working. So I Clicked over to look at the computer in Explorer, and the drive was no longer there (nor was it listed in the Device Manager)...

I rebooted the computer and saw it was recognized in my BIOS, but when the computer started up, Win 7 didn't see it there.

I shut the computer down, checked the connecting cables, turned it on and it still wasn't there. Just out of frustration I rebooted one more time and it showed up again...

Can anyone tell me what the heck is happening?

Thanks all,

Aza :fou:
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  1. Could it be a PSU failure? What are the other components on your computer? Is this a desktop or a laptop?
  2. r_manic said:
    Could it be a PSU failure? What are the other components on your computer? Is this a desktop or a laptop?


    I'm not sure - though if it were a PSU, would other hardware be affected? So far it's only been the DVD drive. I work on a Win 7 PC desktop. It has only happened once, so far, of course the time when I needed it the most, it may have happened more than that, I don't use the drive a heck of a lot.
  3. what about reinstalling the device drivers?they might be in conflict with another one while the system is on,and thats why it showed up in the BIOS.
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