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DVD optical drive not showing as boot option in BIOS

by cw47mecom / September 15, 2015 5:20 AM PDT

I have had Windows 10 downloaded as an .iso for awhile and just decided to try and instal as a dual option with Windows 7 on a separate drive. However having burnt the ISO to DVD I have now found that my DVD drive does not show as a boot option in my BIOS. This is a bit strange as I previously gave Windows 8 a try and installed in a similar way, so what could have changed to alter the BIOS settings? The drive shows up in computer and loads automatically when inserting a disk.

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many questions on that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2015 7:32 AM PDT

1. How did you "burnt the ISO to DVD"?

2. What is this PC? On an Asus here the USB DVD does not show in the BIOS but for that machine I have to power on and hold down the Esc key to get a boot menu which the USB DVDRW shows up on.

I've lost track of how many folk burn the ISO file to a DVD. It's tough for some but we do is create a DVD from the .ISO. The difference is subtle but important.

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DVD drive not showing as boot option in BIOS
by cw47mecom / September 15, 2015 10:42 AM PDT

Don't understand what you're saying there, I've created a Windows 10 installation disk on a DVD which works perfectly well.
The motherboard is a Gigabyte.
I've tried pressing esc but there is no option to boot from the DVD drive there either.

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Gigabyte made some thousand different boards.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2015 11:08 AM PDT

I'd like to help but you can guess details matter. I shared what I found on Asus this week just to prime the pump, but I fear that we need to hear more details.

So the DVD boots on other PCs. That's good news but still can be trouble if the DVD drive is old. If over 2 years I pull out my USB DVDRW which is still in its prime.

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Gigabyte made some thousand different boards.
by cw47mecom / September 15, 2015 12:40 PM PDT

The motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2PV it's a few years old so is the DVD drive, however the option to boot from the DVD drive was there before in the BIOS menu.

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I've seen old drive drop out like that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2015 12:51 PM PDT

The ODD (Optical Disc Drive) needs to be ready in some number of seconds or it won't be in the list.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FH5z44zedM shows a lot of BIOS screens so this can overclock and one of the side effects can be a SATA drive may vanish.

But at the 3:08 minute mark you need to pause and see what your BIOS is listing for attached drives.

So the DVD is old? Could have lost it's boot capability.
Noted: Edited to add ODD definition.

Post was last edited on September 15, 2015 1:06 PM PDT

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I've seen old drive drop out like that
by cw47mecom / September 16, 2015 3:48 AM PDT

Yes I've already checked that in the BIOS that's where my ODD is not listed as attached.
I was hoping I could change an option somewhere in BIOS that would bring up the drive.
If the drive as lost boot capability I would be unable to use it with a rescue disk etc.
Perhaps it's time to purchase new?

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If the BIOS doesn't see it, then it's not a Windows issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 16, 2015 5:05 AM PDT

But a hardware one. The workaround is the USB stick you used but this is a sign the drive or machine is having an issue. From my experience it's the drive. But with the passing of the floppy drive and now the ODD, I don't fix these but carry some USB DVDRW (under 25 bucks.)

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Yeah I understand what you are going through.
by Oldartq / September 15, 2015 9:37 AM PDT

These modern day stuff threw me for a loop also but the drive is still there, just have to find it. I can't tell you where to look because it seem all bios menu are different as well. I believe the drive are involve with "legacy". You did get the boot menu in boot sequent setup but the drive wasn't listed?

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DVD optical drive not showing as boot option in BIOS
by cw47mecom / September 15, 2015 10:51 AM PDT

The boot menu set up is there with my 2 hard drives showing but not the DVD drive. The boot option is set to UEFI and legacy mode, maybe I should try altering to one or the other?

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DVD optical drive not showing as boot option in BIOS
by cw47mecom / September 16, 2015 4:35 AM PDT

just to let everyone know I've solved the problem of installing Windows 10 by using a bootable USB stick. This doesn't help with the DVD however.

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