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D, E and DVD Drives are gone from Windows Explorer

by PastryMan / August 8, 2013 9:51 AM PDT

My D, E, and DVD Drives are un-accessible and missing in Windows Explorer. They also don't show up in "Disk Management". This is the second time in a week this has happened. The last time it was fixed was after I rebooted the PC. Both times I was trying to play a song in Itunes, when I was unable to access the drives. My D drive is for my media files. G is my bluray drive and works fine. My DVD drive is L... I think. How do I fix this? Thanks for any info!
Windows 7 64 bit, i7 980x @333 6 core processor, 12 GB ram DDR 1600, Radeon 5850 GPU, OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD

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When it's missing in device manager.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 8, 2013 10:25 AM PDT

You head to the BIOS to see if the BIOS lists it. If the BIOS does not, you ask the machine's maker big questions.

I'll take it that it's out of warranty and you are not comfortable with checking cable connections.

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RE:Missing in device manager
by PastryMan / August 10, 2013 9:20 AM PDT

Bob, it does appear in the BIOS. I don't think it is a loose cable, because when I restart; the drives are back to normal.

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Now that's a known symptom of bad caps.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 10, 2013 10:12 AM PDT

But this is too new for that issue but we'd check anyway.

It's possible the builder didn't install the chipset drivers, latest BIOS and overtaxed the PSU.

Looks like you have questions for this PC's maker.

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