Laptop DVD Drive appears then disappears Tags: DVD Writers DVD Drives Storage Last response: September 14, 2011 1:07 PM in Storage Share JAHall1989 September 14, 2011 10:28:26 AM Hello, I have had this problem since I loaded Windows 7 I think but Can't be sure. I insert a disc and the drive appears for about 30 seconds and I can play DVD's/Start installations or whatever I want to do, but then after about 30 seconds the drive disappears. I have tried the Microsoft 'Fix It' solution, the windows troubleshooter and deleting the upper and lower filters in the registry but to no avail. Any help is much appreciated. I did search but could only find solutions involving switching SATA cables or running the Drives on IDE cables but obviously in a laptop this is impossible. More about : laptop dvd drive appears disappears COLGeek a c 85 G Storage September 14, 2011 1:07:33 PM Clean the optical drive (can of compressed air/DVD cleaning disk). If that doesn't solve your problem, you may just need to replace the optical drive itself. They do fail. Changing out is generall pretty easy and not too expensive. Good luck! Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Hp Laptop : DVD drive appears intermittently Forum Optical drive disappears in windows 7 Forum Comman prompt appears breifly,then disappears . Forum Hard Drive Issues ( disappears and re- appears ) Forum Compaq Presario F700 laptop DVD drive not recognized but spins Forum eSATA HD randomly disconnects/ disappears Forum my dvd -rom drive suddenly disappears Forum My DVD Drive disappears ! Forum DVD Drive Disappears Forum DVD seems to have disappeared! Forum Hp dv5000 losing dvd after about 30 mins.just disappears Forum Hard drive appears , disappears , etc. Forum DVD drive disappears Forum No DVD (E:) drive Detected ( Laptop HP dv6000) Forum dvd drive disappeared - Also can't boot cd anymore Forum DVD burner shows at start up, later disappears Forum Best SSD Of 2013, Which is it? Forum Older EIDE hard drive "sorta" recognized Forum Asus HDD SATA Hard Drive Connector CABLE Forum Hard Drive Recommendations for my Laptop? Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !