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My computer does not recognize removable storage devices

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October 15, 2012 7:02:41 PM

My computer Windows XP does not recognize my removable storage devices for cds and dvds. it recognizes a flashdrive but now recognizes it in a different storage drive. Use to be G now it's F
a c 85 G Storage
October 15, 2012 7:25:34 PM

Sounds like your optical drive is defective and is no longer being assigned a letter as it isn't being detected properly. Replacing an optical drive is easy and inexpensive.

Do you know if yours is SATA or IDE?
October 25, 2012 1:34:39 PM

COLGeek said:
Sounds like your optical drive is defective and is no longer being assigned a letter as it isn't being detected properly. Replacing an optical drive is easy and inexpensive.

Do you know if yours is SATA or IDE?




answer: I have no idea about my optical drive and no knowledge what SATA or IDE is. I ultimately did system restore and that corrected the problem. So would that mean that it wasn't the optical drive??
a c 85 G Storage
October 25, 2012 1:50:43 PM

Yes, that would indicate some sort of Windows configuration error as being the original problem. Typically, Windows doesn't just drop an optical drive that is always attached to the system.

The optical drive may be flaky. Keep an eye on it for stability's sake. Good luck!
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