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 | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove COLGeek Storage Expert 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! | Report abuse Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Storage>Laptop DVD Drive appears then disappears> Related ressources: ForumHp Laptop : DVD drive appears intermittently ForumOptical drive disappears in windows 7 ForumComman prompt appears breifly,then disappears . ForumHard Drive Issues ( disappears and re- appears ) ForumCompaq Presario F700 laptop DVD drive not recognized but spins ForumeSATA HD randomly disconnects/ disappears Forummy dvd -rom drive suddenly disappears ForumMy DVD Drive disappears ! ForumDVD Drive Disappears ForumDVD seems to have disappeared! ForumHp dv5000 losing dvd after about 30 mins.just disappears ForumHard drive appears , disappears , etc. ForumDVD drive disappears ForumNo DVD (E:) drive Detected ( Laptop HP dv6000) Forumdvd drive disappeared - Also can't boot cd anymore ForumDVD burner shows at start up, later disappears ForumBest SSD Of 2013, Which is it? ForumOlder EIDE hard drive "sorta" recognized ForumAsus HDD SATA Hard Drive Connector CABLE ForumHard Drive Recommendations for my Laptop? More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !