My computer does not reconize the cd-r drive

Can you tell me why my computer will not reconize the cd-r drive? and tell me step by step how to fix this?
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  1. well the number one reason is that the cd drive is old and has died ,

    the second one is you dont have the power lead and the data cable plugged in

    Any deeper diagnosis is going to mean you giving a us a bit more information about what happened
  2. When you turn the computer on, does the drive have power, will it open and close by pressing the button on front? Does the optical drive have an IDE (ribbon cable) or a small SATA cable? If it's an IDE, check the jumper on the back of the drive and make sure it's in the appropriate; Slave, Master or Cable Select position. Double checking the power plug is a very good place to start.
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